Warm Temperatures Bring Increased Fire Danger to the Flathead

Fire danger in Flathead County increased to moderate

By Justin Franz

Warm temperatures and dry conditions have fire officials worried about the potential for wildfire going into the long holiday weekend.

On Thursday afternoon, the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation announced that interagency fire managers planned on increasing the local fire danger to moderate on July 1.

A handful of fires have already been reported in the state, including the Observation Fire near Darby that has scorched nearly 1,000 acres.

Officials reminded local residents that fireworks are not allowed on any state or federal land. If people do plan on using fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend, they should ensure they comply with local regulations. People who have campfires were reminded to make sure their fire was dead out before leaving a site.

As of July 1, all open burning was banned due to the increased fire conditions.

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