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The Rattlesnake Fire is a human-caused incident, located 10 miles northeast of the town of Hot Springs, on the Flathead Indian Reservation. It is burning in grass and timber along a steep west facing slope.  The fire is being managed by a local Type 3 Incident Management Team.  There are 55 personnel assigned to the incident.

 

Activity yesterday- Minimal fire behavior observed.  Fire activity was mainly in the interior pockets of the fire.  Firefighters continued mop-up operations on Division A (Alpha) and Z (Zulu) with concentrated resource efforts on monitoring and patrolling control lines.

 

Today- Crews will patrol fire lines and continue mop-up operations on both divisions.  Mop-up operations in both divisions will continue today.   One hand crew, 2 dozers, 2 skidgens, 3 type six engines, and 2 water tenders are available to the fire.

 

Road closures- The following roads are closed until further notice.  The Rattlesnake Gulch Rd, Sullivan 3000 Rd, Deep Draw 4000 Rd, Irvine(Elmo) 1000 Rd, and the Irvine(Windy Gap) 1000 Rd.

 

Today’s weather- A cold front is moving across western Montana today.  It will cause some showers this morning in northwest Montana, but the moisture will remain in the northwest today.  Today-  Partly Cloudy. Temp- 70-75 Humidity- 19-29% Wind- West 5-15mph. The fire is 1,374 acres and 100% contained.    Estimated Containment: 9/10/18

 

If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice, please contact Division of Fire at 676-2550 or contact C.T. Camel, Prevention Specialist, at 406-676-2550 ext. 6407 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

FIRE DANGER PERSISTS HEADING INTO LABOR DAY

RONAN, MT - With continued hot and dry conditions, the Division of Fire reminds outdoor recreationists on the Flathead Indian Reservation to be careful not to let a wildfire spoil Labor Day weekend fun. Large wildfires continue to burn in the region and firefighting resources are at a premium. Everyone is encouraged to do their part to prevent human-caused fires. Start by following these simple reminders.

  • Campfires are only allowed in safe, designated campgrounds with established fire pits. Whether it be a small family gathering at home or a trip to the forest, be familiar with local rules and regulations.
  • If campfires are allowed, make sure they are always attended and put out completely before calling it a night and before leaving the campsite.
  • Keep smoking confined to approved areas and never toss any burning material from vehicles.
  • Make sure your mode of transportation is in good working condition (exhaust systems, catalytic converters, coolant levels, etc) and never idle over dry grass or drive off road through dry vegetation. If towing a trailer, make sure chains are tight and kept from dragging on the ground to prevent throwing sparks.
  • Fireworks are prohibited on all tribal and trust lands.
  • Target shooting should be done in safe areas with targets placed on dirt or gravel away from grass, rotten stumps and other flammable material. The use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition, known for starting fires, is illegal in most areas.

We hope everyone will enjoy and celebrate Labor Day weekend without incident.  We’ve already endured a very long and grueling fire season and are counting on everyone to do their part in taking us out on a positive note.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice please contact Division of Fire at 676-2550 or contact C.T. Camel, Prevention Specialist, at 406-676-2550 ext. 6407 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FIRE DANGER: MODERATE

Ronan, MT – Effective 00:01 am on Wednesday, September 20th, fire managers across the Flathead Indian Reservation will rescind Stage I and Stage II fire restrictions. Widespread precipitation has lowered the fire danger to MODERATE and has provided much needed relief for firefighters across western Montana. More precipitation is on its way, as firefighting efforts give way to repairing firelines and stabilizing burned areas to avoid problems associated with runoff.

Debris burning is closed until October 1st.   By then weather conditions will provide more security against the chance of burning debris piles escaping. Typically, the end of September marks the end of fire season, and when open burning is traditionally opened.

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With restrictions lifted, campfires are allowed and folks can run internal combustion engines without restrictions. As a matter of wildfire prevention, please keep the following in mind:

  • Never leave a fire unattended until it is cold to the touch
  • When debris burning opens make sure to keep plenty of water and sufficient personnel, tools, and equipment ready in case of unexpected changes in fire behavior.
  • Light the fire only when you have an update on safe weather and safe burning conditions. (e.g. winds calm, weather cool)
  • When possible, make plans to re-pile debris as material is consumed. This will allow the fire to burn out as quickly as possible.
  • Stay with your fire. Be prepared to put your fire out if it becomes difficult to manage.

Fire Managers to Lift Fire Restrictions on the Flathead Indian Reservation on Wednesday Morning

Fire Danger: High

 

Ronan, MT – Effective 00:01 am on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 fire managers across the Flathead Indian Reservation will rescind Stage I and Stage II fire restrictions. Widespread precipitation has lowered the fire danger to HIGH and has provided much needed relief for firefighters across western Montana. While fire danger has lessened, fire season in the Northern Rockies in not over. Warm, dry conditions will return to the area by mid-week, and fuel moisture content of large diameter material on the forest floor will remain as available fuel for wildfires.

Debris burning is closed until October 1, 2018.  By then weather conditions will provide more security against the chance of burning debris piles escaping. Typically, the end of September marks the end of fire season, and when open burning is traditionally opened.

http://firerestrictions.us

With restrictions lifted, campfires are allowed and folks can run internal combustion engines without restrictions. As a matter of wildfire prevention, please keep the following in mind:

  • Never leave a fire unattended until it is cold to the touch
  • When debris burning opens, make sure to keep plenty of water and sufficient personnel, tools, and equipment ready in case of unexpected changes in fire behaviour.
  • Light the fire only when you have an update on safe weather and safe burning conditions. (e.g. winds calm, weather cool)
  • When possible, make plans to re-pile debris as material is consumed. This will allow the fire to burn out as quickly as possible.
  • Stay with your fire. Be prepared to put your fire out if it becomes difficult to manage.
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