Bitterroot NF lowering fire danger to “moderate”

Posted at 8:08 PM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 22:18:36-04

HAMILTON – The Bitterroot National Forest will lower its fire danger beginning Sunday, September 30 to “Moderate”, down from “High”.

When fire danger is “moderate”, fires can start from most accidental causes, but the number of fires is usually low, according to the Bitterroot National Forest.  If a fire starts in open, dry grassland, it will burn and spread quickly on windy days.  Most wood fires spread slowly to moderately and are often easy to control.

Ravalli County will also allow open burning beginning this Sunday, on a day-to-day basis as determined by fire danger and air quality.  Activated burn permits are required for all open burning in the county.

To learn whether burning is allowed, residents should log in to the burn permit system using the link on the Ravalli County Sheriff’s app for mobile devices or visit  Burn permits can also be activated by calling 1-866-212-6318.

The burn permit system will not allow permits to be activated if burning is not allowed on that particular day, due to low air quality or fire danger.