Fire danger raised to moderate level

by Hungry Horse News
| July 22, 2020 7:20 AM

Flathead area fire managers moved the fire danger rating to moderate last week as fuels are expected to continue to dry out this week and next.

The danger rating is elevated for the Flathead National Forest, Glacier National Park, the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s Swan, Stillwater, and Kalispell units, and other local state lands, according to a press release. As a whole, Flathead County is also at a moderate fire danger.

Moderate fire danger means that all fine dead fuels such as dried grasses ignite readily, and fires start more easily. Campfires are likely to escape, and no debris burning is permitted at this time because the area has entered fire season.

“Residents and visitors alike need to be especially vigilant this fire season and firefighters appreciate the public taking extra care with prevention,” the press release states.

Additionally, individuals are encouraged to check trailer chains so they are not dragging and throwing sparks into roadside grasses, become familiar with the campfire regulations wherever you are camping this summer and never leave a campfire unattended and always extinguish it before leaving.

For information on how to prepare for wildfire season, contact the Community Preparedness Specialist for the Kalispell Unit of the DNRC at 406-751-2270.