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Open burning restrictions lifted in Ravalli County

Fall burning season lasts until Nov. 30
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Posted at 11:18 AM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 13:18:44-04

Open burning is once again being allowed in the Bitterroot.

The Ravalli County Commissioners lifted the open burning restrictions on Monday as widespread precipitation has lowered the fire danger to "moderate."

Although the valley has received rainfall over the past week and cooler temperatures are in the forecast, officials are asking the community to continue to keep fire safety in mind.

With open burning restrictions lifted, burning of organic debris piles, slash piles, ditches and fields is now allowed. However, during the fall burning season -- which lasts until Nov. 30 -- air quality restrictions may be in place on a day to day basis.

Residents of Ravalli County must obtain and activate a burn permit prior to any open burning. Information about the Ravalli County burn permit program can be found here.

Warming and cooking fires continue to be allowed in Ravalli County. Recreational fires must measure less than 48 inches in diameter, be surrounded by a nonflammable structure and an extinguishing source must be available.

Finally, campfires cannot be left unattended and must be completely extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving the area of the fire.