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Flathead Valley crews battle fire near Foy’s Lake

KALISPELL – Flathead Valley fire crews were able to save several structures and knock down a grass fire near Foy’s Lake Tuesday afternoon.

Smith Valley Fire Department Chief Amy Beick told MTN News that firefighters were dispatched to a smoke investigation in the area of Lone Pine State Park at around 2:30 p.m on Tuesday.

Beick says that when crews arrived on the scene, they found a grass fire that threatened a few nearby structures. None of those structures were damaged in the blaze which is estimated to have burned about 45 acres.

Beick says they want to remind residents that fire season isn’t over yet, and although open burning is allowed, they are urging people to take precautions and be responsible with their debris burning to prevent fire starts.

“We’d like to kind of stress that you know, it is open burn season but it’s still very dry out, the fuels are very cured, and we’re seeing a lot of significant wildfire behavior for October,” Beick said. 

Several agencies from around the Flathead Valley responded to the scene, including the Flathead Office of Emergency Services and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Mahkia Clark

Mahkia Clark

Mahkia Clark grew up in the Sweetgrass Hills in north central Montana. She graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula and the Davidson Honor's college in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism, and a minor in Vocal Performance. Currently she works at KPAX TV in Missoula as their evening news producer. She also loves to sing and read in her spare time.
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