Yes, it's nice to have the fall colors in the valley. It's even better to have a little rain and snow.

The Bitterroot National Forest has decided to lift the Stage 1 fire restrictions Friday morning (just after midnight), October 19. Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said the precipitation was enough to drop the threat of wildfires in the valley. The recent storms brought the first measurable moisture in two months - a new record for the area.

However, forest officials are reminding hunters and others that any campfires need to be completely out before leaving it. Another problem is smoking. Cigarette and cigars which are carelessly disposed of are dangerous. In fact, most human-caused fires in Western Montana happen each year in the fall and they are from campfires and cigarettes.

A reminder to hunters - shooting or hunting is prohibited in developed recreation sites and trailheads - such as the Lake Como Recreation Area.