Ravalli County commissioners voted to restrict any open opening, beginning Wednesday July 17.

The move follows Missoula County and other areas in restricting fires due to the hot, dry conditions in Montana. The Ravalli County fire season starts at 12:01 a.m. July 17 and will continue until weather conditions allow.

Any person who sets a slash burn fire, forest fire, land clearing fire or debris burning fire will be subject to $500 fine and up to 6 months in jail. Burning on Montana state land and federal Forest Service land will be subject to their specific restrictions.

The county will allow campfires, as long as they are attended and are in a cleared or bare area and are completely extinguished after use. Recently, a number of abandoned campfires have been discovered on Bitterroot National Forest land.

Fireworks are prohibited. Smoking is only allowed in a vehicle or building or developed recreation area with at least 3 feet of cleared ground.