This fall the fire managers at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Division of Fire want to stress the importance of campfire safety. Unattended campfires are the leading human-cause of wildfires this fire season. The DOF wants to eliminate these senseless fires. Do not forget it is your responsibility to maintain and extinguish your campfire. Here are a few tips for campfire safety.

  • Keep your fire to a manageable size.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended, an adult should be with it at all times.
  • Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible.
  • Pour lots of water on the fire. Drown ALL embers, not just the red ones. Pour until hissing sound stops.
  • If you do not have water, stir dirt or sand into the embers with a shovel to bury the fire.
  • With your shovel, scrape any remaining sticks and logs to remove any embers. Make sure that no embers are exposed and still smoldering.
  • Continue adding water, dirt or sand and stirring with a shovel until all material is cool. 
  • Remember: If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave!!
  • It is illegal to burn garbage in a burn barrel. Burn barrels are only to be used to burn yard debris. Make sure your burn barrel is dead out, when done. Do not leave the barrel unattended. The DOF has responded to fires escaping burn barrels. 

If you have any questions about this notice, call The Division of Fire at (406) 676-2550.

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