Tips for Recreating Responsibly and Actively Preventing Fires

Although northwest Montana is transitioning to fall weather the current fire danger is still 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. Although the cooling temperatures have reduced wildland fire danger, we’re not out of fire season yet. 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 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.

Love, Montana


Fire Information for Travelers in Montana

Fire and Smoke Map

InciWeb (a map of all active wildfires in the U.S.)

Air Quality Index

Glacier National Park Current Conditions

Glacier National Park Webcams

Alerts Closures & Incidents (Montana Department of Transportation)