The Yaak in Northwest Montana

Fire Danger Level



Posted: July 27, 2017

Fire Restrictions FAQ
Lincoln County Sheriffs Office
Fire Restrictions - Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks
Kootenai National Forest - Special Order

Under Stage II Fire Restrictions the following acts are prohibited:
  1. Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or whilestopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  3. The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.:
    Operating any internal combustion engine.
    Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
    Using an explosive.
    A one hour foot patrol in the work area is required followingcessation of all activities as identified in #3 above.
  4. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.
    • Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
    • Persons using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on andoff. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead andsurrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device.
    • Operating generators with an approved spark arresting device within an enclosed vehicle orbuilding or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammablematerials within three feet of the generator.
    • Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails.
    • Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads as per attached conditions.
    • Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specificallyauthorized by written posted notice.
    • Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force inthe performance of an official duty.
    • All land within a city boundary is exempted.
    • Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe.
You could be fined up to $5,000 individually or $10,000 for an organization and imprisonment upto 6 months for violating restrictions and closures.
You can be held liable for all suppression costs and damages if you start a fire.

Located in the far northwest corner of Montana is an area known as the Yaak. An area where one can escape the frantic hustle and bustle of our daily lives and enjoy the beauty of nature and wildlife.

Driving in the area can be an adventure all in itself. Rugged and remote can best describe the area. The amazing beauty of the mountains, forests, the Yaak river and various streams and creeks streaming through the hills, the variety of waterfalls to enjoy, and of course the wildlife! Bring your camera and plan on taking your time when traveling up "The Yaak" - you just may appreciate the area.

The Yaak river (named by the indians - meaning arrow) flows through the mountainous northwest Montana community and meets the Kootenai river (also named by the indians - meaning bow).

There is no cell service here. Internet is either by dial-up or satellite. Rare, and closer to Highway 2 you may find DSL service.