The Latest on Wildland Fires and Air Quality for Kalispell, Montana
Tips for Recreating Responsibly and Actively Preventing Fires
Northwest Montana experienced hot weather this summer, which increased the risk of wildland fires. In addition, there are several fires burning throughout the West, all of which are contributing to air quality. Keep in mind that most of the smoke in Montana is not from local fires, as smoke blows in from hundreds of miles away. Smoke conditions can change quickly and you can find the latest on air quality here.
As 70% to 80% of all wildland fires are human-caused and Montana is experiencing drought conditions with dry forests and dry landscapes, it's imperative that we all do our part to prevent fires. Although recent rain and cooler temperatures have reduced wildland fire danger it's still important to be careful and mindful when recreating in forested areas.
- Only have a campfire in a designated fire pit or fire ring. Be prepared and have the proper tools to extinguish a campfire before you light it.
- Don't throw cigarette butts outside.
- If you're towing a camper, boat or trailer, be sure your chains are not dragging as sparks can (and do) start fires.
- Don't pull into dry grass or fields with a hot car.
Air quality has improved but smoke from wildfires in other areas and states can move in to northwest Montana without warning. If you are sensitive to the smoke reference the air quality index before heading outdoors. There is also plenty to see and do in and around Kalispell that doesn't include prolonged times outdoors. Check out local museums and galleries, peruse downtown, set out on a day trip or sip Montana at a local distillery, brewery, cidery or winery.
No matter what brings you to Kalispell, Montana, we're glad you're here. In addition, we ask that you please play an active role in preventing wildland fires and continue to recreate responsibly to keep this place as wild, untouched and beautiful as ever.