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:

  • Stevensville Ranger District
  • Charles Water Campground, Larry Creek Group Site, Blodgett Creek Campground
  • Darby Ranger District
  • Black Bear Campground, Shumaker Campground at Twin Lakes,Lake Como Recreation Area (Upper Como Area, Como Picnic Sites, Lower Como Campground, Rock Creek Campground and Three Sisters Group Site)
  • Sula Ranger District
  • Martin Creek Campground, Jennings Camp, Indian Trees Campground, Spring Gulch Campground, Warm Springs Campground, Crazy Creek Horse Camp and Campground, East Fork Guard Station
  • West Fork Ranger District
  • Sam Billings Memorial Campground, Rombo Campground, Slate Creek Campground, Alta Campground, Fales Flat Group Area
  • 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.