Tips for Recreating Responsibly and Actively Preventing Fires
This summer in Northwest Montana the current fire danger is rated as HIGH. Travel and activities in and around Kalispell are not affected but there are wildland fires burning in the region that are creating hazy conditions. Remember that air quality can fluctuate, some times within a day. You can find the latest on the air quality here. Check for Montana Department of Transportation travel alerts 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. It’s still important to be careful and mindful when recreating in forested areas.
As of August 8, 2023 the Hungry Horse Reservoir is temporarily closed to all public access, including both east and west side roads as firefighting efforts continue. Closure is in place to provide for public and firefighter safety. Updates available at Flathead National Forest and InciWeb.
Please help to prevent wildland fires:
- Plan ahead, know the current restrictions where you are recreating.
- Don’t throw cigarette butts outside. Smoke only in vehicles or building or developed recreation site cleared of all flammable materials
- 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.
- Keep motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails.
Air quality can vary as smoke from wildfires in other areas and states can move into 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.