Wildland Fire Fighters want you and your family to have a safe and Happy July 4th Holiday and to enjoy the local public lands that we value so much and call our home.
When you are out in the woods, remember that the combination of a short winter with below average snowfall from the mid-slopes to valley floors followed by a very dry spring, has left vegetation very dry. As the summer progresses seasonal plants (grass & shrubs) will begin to cure increasing their availability to burn. Interagency wildland fire officials have determined fire danger to be at high levels. With higher than normal temperatures, with no significant rain in the short and extended forecast, fuel conditions are only going to get drier.
Fire Managers want your help in preventing any human caused fire in the woods. When conditions are this dry, fires have the potential to grow quickly putting firefighters in high risk situations. Currently there are no fire restrictions; however, the numbers of human caused fires are a determining factor in implementing restrictions. Human caused fires are typically in the urban interface increasing the risk of firefighter and public safety.
So as we come into this Holiday weekend, please enjoy all the special places in the Flathead Valley and surrounding Forest lands. Keep fire safety in mind and remember:
“Only you can prevent wildfires”
Report all fires to 911 or Kalispell Interagency Dispatch Center 406-758-5260.