Firefighters Battle Grass Fire South of Kalispell

Landowner was burning grass when he lost control of the fire near Ashley Meadows Road on Wednesday afternoon

By Justin Franz

Firefighters from around the valley contained a 6-acre grass fire that took off and threatened two homes south of Kalispell on Wednesday afternoon.

According to a firefighter on scene, a man was burning grass on his property near Ashley Meadows Lane when the winds changed at about 3 p.m. and spread the blaze to the surrounding property.

Firefighters from the state’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Kalispell, South Kalispell, Evergreen, Smith Valley, West Valley and Somers all responded.

Crews were able to contain the blaze shortly before 4 p.m.

Wednesday’s incident was the latest fire to spark in the Flathead Valley in recent weeks. Last week a large fire erupted at a salvage yard in Somers. Two weeks ago, a debris burn escaped and threatened homes off Shelter Ridge Road.

“Until things green up any dead grass will burn,” said Fire Prevention Specialist DNRC Ali Ulwelling.


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