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Fire danger lowered on Bitterroot National Forest

High Fire Danger
Posted at 3:05 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 17:05:10-04

HAMILTON — The Bitterroot National Forest has lowered its fire danger to “high” due to the recent cooler weather and precipitation.

Many locations across the forest received some rain or snow over the last several days.

Forest officials caution that while fire danger has lessened, wildfire season is not over.

Warm, dry conditions will return later this week and continue for the next two weeks as no significant weather patterns bringing precipitation are forecast at this point.

People are being reminded to maintain and extinguish all campfires and to never leave a campfire unattended.

Open burning is currently prohibited in Ravalli County. Camp and cooking fires are still allowed.

When the fire danger is “high” fires will start from most causes and can spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common.

There have been 47 wildfires on the forest this summer; 14 human-caused and 33 lightning fires.