Bitterroot Fire Started By Abandoned Campfire
Monday, a 3-acre blaze was found about two miles from Lake Como. It started from an abandoned campfire.
Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said that the fire escaped a rock fire ring and spread to grass and then to trees. The fire was found about 2:30 Monday afternoon off of Lick Creek Road, between Lick Creek and Lost Horse Canyon, north of Lake Como.
A dozen firefighters and two helicopters worked to keep the fire from spreading.
McKay said this is the fourth abandoned campfire found on the forest in three days. Crews found candy wrappers and other trash around the make-shift fire pit, McKay wrote in a press release.
Officials are hoping someone has information about who might be responsible for the fire, because leaving a fire without completely extinguishing it is prohibited and violators can end up paying fire suppression costs. Call 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668) or Crimestoppers of Ravalli County at 363-0062.
Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect Saturday morning on the Bitterroot National Forest, prohibiting campfires unless in Forest Service provided fire rings.