Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Limit Campfires to These Places on Bitterroot Forest
Even with the occasional rain shower, Western Montana is under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions due to the dry, hot weather and the increasing fire danger.
Those wanting to gather around a campfire to sing songs or tell ghost stories need to look for an improved Bitterroot National Forest campground with an approved concrete or steel campfire ring.
There are quite a few of them around:
And when you're done with the campfire, PUT IT OUT! We've had way too many abandoned campfires this year. Get a lot of water, drown the fire until it quits sizzling, and don't stop until it's cool to the touch.
Also, no open burning is allowed in Ravalli County or Missoula County, and no fireworks, either. If you're a smoker, smoke only in an enclosed vehicle or building or outside in an area that's been cleared in a 3-foot diameter.