Bitterroot Forest & Ravalli County Enact Stage 2 Fire Rules
The smoky haze that has been increasing this month contributes to some pretty sunsets, but the dry conditions are contributing to more fire restrictions in Ravalli County and the Bitterroot National Forest. Stage 2 fire restrictions will be in effect as of 12:01 a.m. Friday morning in both the forest and the county. The Ravalli County Commissioners met with fire and emergency officials Wednesday afternoon and passed the resolution, with some exemptions. The main affect for the general public is "No Campfires." Ravalli County and the Bitterroot Forest join other counties in Montana and Idaho that have gone to the strict regulations. The hot, dry conditions have been consistent for weeks and will continue into next week, too.
Besides that, abandoned campfires have been a continuing problem in the Bitterroot Valley. Mark Wilson of the Bitterroot Forest said an unusually large number of neglected campfires have been found by forest personnel in the past two months. Starting Friday, no campfires will be allowed.
Resolution 3765 Restrictions:
Not everything is prohibited.
Resolution 3765 Exemptions:
Exempted activities must have fire extinguishers and fire suppression equipment immediately available. And the exemption does not relieve anyone from liability or responsibility for any fire.