Officials push fire safety during warmer weather


KALISPELL, Mont. - In the Flathead, fire officials are concerned about fire safety as we move into warmer weather. We're told the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has responded to 21 fires over the last 30 days. Eighteen were human caused.

Despite some moisture in the valley, the Flathead National Forest raised fire danger back to "high" this week. Fire Service Area Manager Lincoln Chute says agencies are often called to human caused illegal burns. Those calls pull fire crews away from lightning starts and other fires that are of larger concern.

"It's a recipe for disaster, especially the human caused ones seem to be around where there's residential also," said Chute. "That's a real concern.  We have people's homes and private property.  We've been lucky so far.  We'd really like to keep it that way but we definitely need the public's help."

Lincoln Chute reminds folks that open burning is closed, and all campfires must be tended to until they're cold to the touch.

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