The "fire danger" sign in front of the Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor's Office was moved from Low to Moderate Wednesday, June 24. Tod McKay of the Bitterroot Forest said in a news release that above-average temperatures, along with possible thunderstorms, caused the uptick in forest fire danger in the valley. Fire officials said the forest is already starting to dry out. When the fire danger is "Moderate," fires can start from most accidental causes and will grow slowly. There are no fire restrictions on the forest, but, as we remind you every year, fireworks are NOT allowed in the national forests.

The public is urged to be careful with campfires. Make sure the coals are cool to the touch before you leave your campsite. Keep your campfire small and you should never leave the campfire unattended - that's against the law. So far, there have already been three human caused fires on the Bitterroot National Forest. It looks like this might be a hot summer, so stay aware of fire restrictions online and check out the Bitterroot National Forest's Facebook page. There are always great tips and photos.