Bitterroot Fire Season Update: Restrictions and Idaho Fires
The hazy smoke in the valley is coming from out-of-state fires. However, local conditions have caused Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.
Those restrictions are added to the Open Burning Ban that the Ravalli County Commissioners instituted last week.
The new rules ban campfires in all but approved fire rings in approved federal or state campgrounds. Cooking on an LP gas or propane stove that can be turned on and off is allowed, however.
At Montana Fishing Access Sites, only the Chief Looking Glass site near Florence has approved campfire rings.
On the Bitterroot National Forest, approved steel or concrete fire rings can be found at:
Violation of the restrictions could result in a $5,000 fine.
So far this summer, Bitterroot National Forest crews have extinguished 41 wildfires.
Two major blazes are on Idaho State lands - The Big Cougar Fire 24 miles south of Lewiston on the Snake River is at 35,000 acres and the Highrange Fire, 8 miles west of White Bird is 2,600 acres. Evacuations are in place.