With daytime temperatures expected into the 100s this weekend, the Bitterroot National Forest has moved fire danger to "High."

The indices the forest uses to set fire danger have been higher this time of season than any of the past 10 years. Joni Lubke of the Bitterroot National Forest reported that there have been 2 human-caused and 2 lightning-caused fires so far this year.

Increased fire danger means the public should make sure any campfire they set is dead out before they leave it. Also, fireworks are NOT allowed on the Bitterroot National Forest.

During the past couple of years, humans have been increasingly careless in the valley. Forest crews have found an ever larger number of unattended campfires.

Forest Service Tips to putting out a campfire:

  • Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible.
  • Pour lots of water on the fire. Drown ALL embers.
  • Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel.
  • Make sure all is wet and cold to the touch.
  • No water? Use dirt. Add dirt and stir until all is cool.
  • However, DON'T bury the fire. It can smoulder, setting roots on fire.