Flathead National Forest Moves Fire Restrictions to Stage I

By | September 5, 2015

KALISPELL, MONTANA –Weather conditions have been a contributing factor for the Flathead National Forest to move the current fire restrictions to Stage I, which become effective at 0001 a.m. Mountain daylight time on Saturday, September 5, 2015.  Under Stage I, stove fires, campfires and charcoal fires are allowed ONLY at developed recreation sites (See the list below or contact your local agency for a list of sites), fires within rock fire rings are not authorized.  Smoking is allowed only within an enclosed vehicle or building; a developed recreation site; or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of flammable materials.   There will be no fire restrictions within the Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wilderness areas within the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.

The restrictions may continue into the hunting season until the area receives enough moisture to ensure that wildfire starts will be at a minimum. Hunters need to check for restrictions in the area they plan to be, and adhere to those restrictions accordingly.

Fire Danger is currently at level High.  When the fire danger is “high”, fires can start easily from most causes and small fuels (such as grasses and needles) will ignite readily.  Unattended campfires and brush fires are likely to escape.  Fires will spread easily, with some areas of high-intensity burning on slopes or concentrated fuels;  so always crush smokes dead out; never leave a campfire unattended; ensure that your vehicle has a properly installed spark arrester that is operational; stop and park only in areas clear of vegetation;

For further information contact the Flathead National Forest at (406) 758-5200 or visit the Flathead National Forest web page, www.fs.usda.gov/flathead and http://firerestrictions.us.

Campfires are allowed at these developed and improved recreation sites on the Flathead National Forest:

Hungry Horse/Glacier View Ranger District Tally Lake Ranger District
Big Creek Campground & Day Use Area Ashley Lake Boat Launch
Challenge Cabin Ashley Lake North Campground
Devil’s Corkscrew Campground Ashley Lake South Campground
Devils Creek Campground Star Meadow Cabin
Doris Boat Launch and Campground Sylvia Lake Campground
Emery Bay Campground Tally Lake Campground
Elk Island Campground Upper Stillwater Lake Campground
Ford Cabin
Fire Island Campground Spotted Bear Ranger District
Great Northern Flats Beaver Creek Campground
Graves Creek Campground Bunker Park Camping Area
Lakeview Campground Crossover Boat Launch
Lid Creek Campground Diamond R Guest Ranch
Lost Johnny Camp Gorge Creek Trailhead
Lost Johnny Point Campground Meadow Creek Trailhead
Moose Lake Campground Peters Creek Campground
Murray Bay Campground Schafer Meadow Airstrip
North and South Lion Lake Picnic Areas South Creek Trailhead
Red Meadow Campground Spotted Bear Administrative Site
Riverside Boat Ramp and Campground Spotted Bear Campground
Ben Rover Cabin Spotted Bear Landing Strip
Schnaus Cabin Wilderness Lodge
Tuchuck Campground
Wurtz Cabin Swan Lake Ranger District
Zips Place Cabin Blair Flats Dispersed Site
Holland Lake Lodge, CGs, and Picnic Areas
Lindbergh  Lake Campground
Mission Lookout Cabin Rental
Owl Packer Camp
Old Condon Ranger Station Rental Cabin
Pine Ridge Disperse Site
Swan Lake Campground
Swan River Dispersed Site
Swan Lake Day Use Area
Swan Guard Station Rental Cabin
Van Lake Dispersed Site





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