Flathead County enters Stage II fire restrictions

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Flathead County enters Stage II fire restrictions

Postby dpratt » Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:47 am

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region One (NW MT) posted on their Facebook page that the entire region enters Stage II fire restrictions as of this Friday. This is the highest level of restrictions, asides from an official closure of an area. I would think that Glacier will follow suit, but time will tell.

Here is a nice FAQ that Whitefish Legacy Partners put together. The link states Stage I, but it covers both I and II.

http://www.whitefishlegacy.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Stage-1-Fire-Restrictions-FAQs.pdf

To highlight some of the restrictions:

- Campfires prohibited
- Any source of flame that can't be turned off is prohibited (e.g. charcoal cooking is a no-go; a propane grill is ok)
- No internal combustion engines (including lawn mowers) between 1pm and 1am
- No smoking unless indoors or in an area completely cleared of combustibles
- Etc.
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Re: Region 1 enters Stage II fire restrictions

Postby Supersonic_Blimp » Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:53 pm

Is this early in the season for these or is this typical? I seem to remember seeing them the past few years, but thought it was usually more in the August time frame.
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Re: Region 1 enters Stage II fire restrictions

Postby dpratt » Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:58 pm

It's pretty early. We haven't experienced a widespread, long lasting rain event in a couple of months (at least in the Tally Lake District). The risk of fire was recently bumped to Very High, second only to Extreme. Unless there is a change in the predominant weather pattern and we see days of consistent rain, it will likely be bumped to Extreme in the next few weeks. The 15-day weather forecast is predicting temps in the high-80's to mid-90's and no chance of rain. That of course could change, but as of right now the outlook isn't promising for fire danger and restrictions to do anything but get worse. We've also had a lot of wind lately, which exacerbates the problem.
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Re: Region 1 enters Stage II fire restrictions

Postby daveparker » Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:23 pm

Normally it is a little later in the season, the last time I remember these types of restrictions this early was 2003, when we had to many fires in the area that you could literally not breath. That was the year that Trapper Creek and Roberts exploded on the 23rd of July, Trapper was a very small fire until the 23 and was being monitored, then the conditions were just right and it went from nothing burning tens of thousands of acres the first day, which is why the area around the Loop trail is burned out.

Roberts happened the same day due to kids playing fireworks the night before on the N. Fork road, it made a run into the old Moose fire area and then turned and came over the ridge behind Apgar and roared down to the bank on Lake MacDonald and is the reason you see all of the burn along the Camas road and down to the shore opposite GTTS.

I hope this year does not play out that way, it is disconcerting the amount of air traffic we have flying west over our house heading to active fires west of Kalispell.

It is very dry out there right now, so please be careful if you are here or will be visiting in the near future.
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Re: Region 1 enters Stage II fire restrictions

Postby dpratt » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:00 pm

Flathead County made it official for private lands as well.

http://flatheadbeacon.com/2017/07/26/fl ... vate-land/
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