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News from CSKT Division of Fire

RONAN — The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire Fuels Program will be conducting prescribed fires on the Flathead Indian Reservation.  

Underburning is a type of prescribed fire treatment that reduces surface and ladder fuels under the forest canopy. While doing these prescribed burns, the DOF will try to minimize smoke impacts and restore healthy forest conditions. Prescribed burns are carefully planned and managed to reduce wildfire risk and mimic the natural role of fire on the landscape to maintain and restore healthy forest conditions. These prescribed burns are critical in areas adjacent to communities at-risk of wildfire impacts.  

Weather conditions need to be favorable. Favorable conditions include correct temperature, wind, fuel moisture, and ventilation of smoke. When these criteria are met, firefighters implement, monitor and patrol each burn to ensure it meets forest health and public safety goals. 

Smoke will be visible several days after the prescribed burn. All prescribed burns will be implemented in compliance with Montana air quality standards and coordinated with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to reduce the impacts of smoke to neighbors, cooperators and surrounding communities. 




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