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Open debris burning starts October 1

From CSKT Division of Fire

PABLO — The Division of Fire informs the public know that open debris burning starts on the Flathead Reservation on Sunday, October 1. You do not need a Burn Permit October 1 to November 30. The current fire danger on the Flathead Reservation is MODERATE. The DOF stresses safety when burning.

Only two types of debris burning are allowed in Montana:

Agricultural debris - This debris is created from farming, ranching, and gardening.

Wildland debris - This debris is created in two ways.
1. Natural accumulations of needles, grasses, leaves, shrubs, limbs, and trees.
2. Unnatural accumulations of fuel resulting from management activities such as land clearing or timber harvesting.
If you intend to burn, have in place:
• A current weather forecast for your local area
• Water source (such as a hose, buckets, pond or lake)
• Fire tools or equipment depending on the size of your burn
• Enough help to respond in the event that fire behavior increases.

Caution
Do not burn when high or erratic winds are forecast or dry conditions prevail. Do not attempt to bury any burning material as fire can and will burn underground, sometimes for several months!

Burn Barrels
If burn barrels are going to be used we request that you only burn agricultural or wildland debris. Burn barrels should not be used to burn garbage.

If you have any questions call the Division of Fire at 676-2550.
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