Bitterroot National Forest lowers fire danger

Posted at 3:38 PM, Oct 10, 2018

HAMILTON – The cooler and wet weather has prompted the Bitterroot National Forest to drop the fire danger to “low” for the first time since June 25.

Forest officials note that the fire danger has been at “moderate”, “high”, “very high”, or “extreme” in the Bitterroot National Forest for 107 days.

While a campfire can help take the edge off the chill forest officials are asking that before leaving, folks should drown the fire, stir, feel for heat, and drown again until there is no heat left.

Some fuels remain dry, and even dewy grasses and wood can dry out with wind and sun and ignite fairly quickly.

Ravalli County is allowing open burning 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.

Click here for more information about open burning.