Fire danger will be raised to “moderate” for Bitterroot National Forest on Wednesday

Posted at 5:19 PM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 19:19:42-04

HAMILTON – Fire danger will be hiked to "moderate" on Wednesday for the Bitterroot National Forest.

This year, firefighters on the Bitterroot National Forest have extinguished two small lightning-caused fires, both under a tenth of an acre in size.

Forest officials are urging people to use caution, as fires can start from most accidental causes.

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, the Bitterroot National Forest is also offering some reminders to visitors:

  • Fireworks are not permitted on National Forests. 
  • Anyone who starts a wildfire can be held liable for suppression costs which can be substantial.   
  • All campgrounds on the forest are open and ready for visitors, but you have to actually occupy the campsite in order to use them. You can’t just leave belongings there.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended and make sure your coals are cool to the touch before you leave. 
  • Smoldering campfires left unattended are still potentially dangerous. 
  • Have a shovel and bucket on hand to help put the fire out when not attended.