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Starting small fires is illegal and dangerous

From CSKT Forestry’s Division of Fire

CSKT Tribal Police officers Will Mesteth and TJ Haynes work alongside Arlee Fire Department volunteers to put out a fire near the Arlee powwow grounds during the celebration on Sunday, July 2. Arlee Fire volunteers responded quickly and the fire was promptly contained. (Lailani Upham photo) CSKT Tribal Police officers Will Mesteth and TJ Haynes work alongside Arlee Fire Department volunteers to put out a fire near the Arlee powwow grounds during the celebration on Sunday, July 2. Arlee Fire volunteers responded quickly and the fire was promptly contained. (Lailani Upham photo)

RONAN – Tribal Forestry’s Division of Fire needs to warn reservation residents and visitors about the dangers of igniting fires in forested lands. Unattended campfires or other small starts may easily spread and spark much larger fires that could damage pristine lands and cause extensive and expensive damage to buildings and structures.

The Flathead Indian Reservation is currently in Very High fire danger. Please do your part to ensure there is One Less Spark as a result of your outdoor activities in the heat of the afternoon:
1.  Mowing tall grass where the blade can strike a rock
2.  Safety chains sparking on the road while towing a trailer
3.  Failure to have a spark arrester in your equipment’s exhaust system in grassy areas

If a small fire becomes a full-blown forest fire, it could lead to arson charges, fines and even the bill for all fire-caused costs.

Tremendous effort goes into preventive programs and information campaigns. Fire control officials continually fine tune their surveillance methods with cameras, patrols, and random reports provided by the general public.  With the support of the sheriff’s department, police force, and all law officials on the reservation, efforts are being made to stop human caused fires.  This is a very serious matter.

If you witness anyone setting fires or abandoning campfires please contact your local police or call 1-800-47-ARSON.  It’s an anonymous call and your identity will remain confidential. You may also go online to www.wetip.com.  Rewards go up to $10,000. Let’s work together to keep our wild land areas safe and protected.
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