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Open burning season begins, but you might wish to wait a while

A note from the Fire Chief, October 1, 2015 . . .

According to the USFS report in the Daily Interlake dated October 1, 2015, fires will continue to burn until significant RAIN and or SNOW. At this time the fires in Lincoln County continue to burn but pose NO immediate threat to Private Property.

The Marston Fire is now over 7000 acres.

Tje Goat Rock Fire is over 22000 Acres.

The fire season is being lifted and Flathead County has moved to allowing open burning. However the following information should be followed.

  1. Check the weather forecast and air quality for rain and/or wind events.
  2. Establish a fire line and clear the perimeter around your fire, down to bare soil.
  3. Have an adequate WATER supply and EXTRA persons to help control any fire that might escape your control.
  4. NEVER leave any fire unattended!
  5. Start debris fires small and add in small amounts to insure you can keep your fire contained.
  6. Always REMEMBER that you can be held financially responsible for suppression costs, should your fire escape!

Lynn P. Ogle

Fire Chief, Trail Creek Irregulars

Larry Wilson: Don’t trust government for advice

Larry talks about common sense flood and fire precautions . . .

The last few weeks, I have been amused (again) by the “experts” from various state and federal agencies regarding the possibility of flooding and/or a major fire season.

Common sense (why do we call it that when it is so uncommon?) will tell you that no one — even government experts — can tell what will happen in a month from now. If you don’t believe me, just listen to the five-day weather forecast and see how often the weatherman gets it right. Full-time paid government employees can study past trends, put information into a computer and create a model. In the end, that is the best they can do.

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