Posted: Jul 31, 2013 9:11 AM by Dax VanFossen - MTN News
KALISPELL - The fire danger remains high in Northwest Montana with officials saying conditions are extremely dry in the lower valley areas.
While the valley areas are dry, it's not quite as bad in forested areas or in Glacier National Park.
Fire managers with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and the Flathead National Forest met on Tuesday to further assess the wildfire danger.
The fire condition for the majority of the Flathead is still set at high as there have been several fires in different areas, including over 30 small fires on state land.
Flathead National Forest spokesperson Wade Muehlhof said, despite the fact that conditions haven't risen, the danger is still there.
"Fires are likely to start if folks aren't careful, and they can spread quickly, especially on the valley bottom. We're not going to Stage One restrictions, which is separate of the fire danger, that's more of a resource management tool," he explained.
"And right now we feel like we have the resources available to do the initial attack, and the weather conditions aren't quite severe enough to move into restrictions," Muehlhof added.
He also said that if we get another long period of dry and hot weather, the fire danger will most likely be pushed to very high, a move that could bring restrictions.