SOUP FOR SUPPER:   We want to thank all of the soup sponsors, everyone who helped with putting together all the soups/food and everyone who donated for a soup dinner at our Soup for Supper fundraising event last week. All of those proceeds will be going to the Creston Fire Replacement Station building fund.

GREAT NEWS & a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who donated and supported us in the 2022 Great Fish Community challenge, a non-profit fundraising event.  Creston Firefighters Association raised $44,203 from 74 donors. Last week it was announced that the Whitefish Community Foundation added a 59% match based upon $20,000 of those donations.  Donations and match funds to Creston Fire Association totaled $56,003!!!

CPR Class, November 15; 6pm – 10pm.  Call Louise at 406.250.2808 for details and to register.


Creston Fire Department’s 56th Fund-Raising Auction & Country Fair held April 2 and 3, 2022 was very successful!  A HUGE Thank you goes to our Community, consignors, the many volunteers, vendors and Creston Fire Dept. members that supported and attended this year’s auction fundraiser.   Creston Fire Department’s 57th Auction & Country Fair is scheduled to be held April 2 and 3, 2023. Consignment day will be Friday, March 31, 2023. We are still working hard to raise monies needed to build a replacement fire station in Creston.   


Creston Fire Department (CFD) is an all-volunteer fire department, with volunteers who respond 24/7 from their homes or businesses to 9-1-1 dispatched fire and medical calls.  Currently CFD has over 30 volunteer Firefighters and EMT’s, all of whom are dedicated to serving their community.  Friends of Creston Fire are the fire department’s support group.  We are always looking for  Fire Fighters, EMT’s and Friends of Creston Fire.  Reference Volunteer Section for an application.


Donations are used to supplement County funding for building the new fire station in Creston and for purchase of necessary fire and medical equipment, turnouts, personal protective gear and wildland fire gear.  All Donations are appreciated!  Monetary donations may be made through this website by selecting the DONATE button that will take you to Pay Pal.  If you don’t have a Pay Pal account, you can donate by using your credit card.  If you do have a Pay Pal account, log into that account and select your payment method.  If you wish, donations can be mailed to Creston Fire Department, 4498 MT Highway 35, Kalispell, MT 59901.


December 1 to February 29 No open burning (Season Closed)
March 1 to April 30 Open burning. No Burning permit required. Air quality compliance required (www.todaysair@mt.gov)
May 1 to June 30 Burning permit required (firesafekalispell.com). Air quality compliance required (406.751.8144)
July 1 to September 30 No burning in Flathead County and some Lake Country RFD’s.
October 1 to November 30 Open burning. No burning permit required. Air quality compliance required (406.751.8144)


The Creston Fire Department is a 100% volunteer organization dedicated to reducing loss of life and property through fire and emergency medical response, prevention, and education. We have been providing service to the Creston community since the late 1950’s. We have some of the best-equipped and trained firefighters in the State of Montana.

Creston firefighters and medical responders are your neighbors.  These are men and women who live in the Creston community and have chosen to serve their community. They are not compensated for their time either in responding to emergency calls or for attending training. They are professionals who perform these services for reasons that go far beyond money. They are supported by their families, by Friends of Creston Fire and by community members. All CFD members are required to attend a mininum of 36 hours of training each year including Adult, Infant and Child Health Care Provider CPR, obstructed airway and Automatic External Defibrillator use. Many members attend between 100 and 200 hours of training annually.

The Creston Fire Department owns eight fully-equipped engines as well as a command vehicle.  This equipment is housed in four stations throughout the community at Creston, Lake Blaine, Mountain Brook, and Fairmont-Egan. In addition to firefighting equipment, these engines carry a full array of emergency medical equipment including defibrillators. CFD also has a medical and firefighter training facility at Lake Blaine Station.

What are the benefits to you, the Creston resident, of having such a great fire department?

  • 24/7 emergency response, 365 days a year
  • Ongoing prevention and education programs
  • Safety programs in all the schools
  • Reduced fire insurance rates for homeowners (much lower than if we didn’t exist)

Visit the Volunteer Section or call 406-250-7396 to find out how you can become involved in a great organization!

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Flathead National Forest 758-5200
Department of Natural Resources and Conservation 751-2240
All of Region 1 (Northwest United States) National Forest 329-4853 or 329-4854

It is illegal to burn without a permit from May 1st through June 30th. It is illegal to burn at all from July 1st through September 30th. Violators can be fined for the cost of extinguishing an illegal fire.

Burning permits are not required for campfires. Under state law, a campfire is defined as a fire set for cooking, warming or ceremonial purposes; not more than 3 feet in diamter or height and cleared of overhanging branches. All combustible material should be cleared at least 1-1/2 times the diameter of the fire.

Never leave your campfire unattended and keep your shovel and bucket handy. Most importantly, do not abandon your campfire until you are sure your fire is out. Prevent forest fires, build safe campfires, and stay with them until they are out. Only you can prevent wildfires.

You may also access this information on the ventilation hotline at 751-8144.