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Photo by Curtis Harper

Tribal and volunteer firefighters from throughout the area were battling blazes earlier this week in western Glacier County which were fueled by the high winds that have been pummeling the area in recent weeks. Residents are reminded of the fire restrictions still in place due to dry, windy conditions.

Glacier County residents are reminded that Stage One Fire Restrictions put into place on Aug. 20 are still in place. According to Deputy Glacier County DES Director Curtis Harper, “Glacier County remains under high fire danger conditions due to the high winds and a general lack of moisture.” 

Harper is hopeful the restrictions will be lifted once adequate snowfall is received in the area. In the meantime, Harper asks residents to heed the restrictions laid out below. Activities related to energy, agriculture, collection of firewood and outdoor smoking are exempt from the restrictions.

Stage One Restrictions

• Open burning is prohibited, this includes no burning in burn pits.

•Burning refuse in barrels is also prohibited.

•Persons using charcoal briquettes are allowed only on private property in a “backyard” barbeque located in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.

•Campfires are allowed only in a developed recreation site or improved site where developed campfire rings are provided.

•Campers are only allowed to cook using a device that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels and can be turned on and off.

•All fireworks are prohibited. All exploding targets (available for sale to recreational shooters) are also considered a pyrotechnic product and are also prohibited.

Harper said Glacier County DES is in regular contact with all county, city, tribal and regional fire managers and reviews and reassesses the fire conditions weekly to determine when it is appropriate to ease restrictions.

For questions concerning the Blackfeet Tribal Fire Restrictions, please contact Blackfeet Fire Officials.

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