Restrictions Lifted, But Still No Open Burning
Ravalli County Commissioners lifted the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Fire Restrictions this week on private land in the county. However, they left in place the ban on open burning.
People can have personal campfires, but can not burn fields or large slash piles until further notice. The conditions are still very dry and the weather forecast indicates warmer temperatures.
The Bitterroot National Forest has relaxed their restrictions to Level 1, which allows campfires ONLY in forest service campgrounds in approved forest service fire rings.
Missoula, Mineral, and Sanders Counties also rescinded the Stage 1 and Stage 2 restrictions on private land. Those counties that have programs for outdoor burning by permit will issue permits "when it is safe," according to a news release from the Northern Rockies Coordination Group.
Meanwhile, in Idaho, large fires along Highway 12 and in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness are still burning and are expected to increase in activity by the weekend. There are numerous closures in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. If you're planning to go into the forest, call ahead to make sure your favorite area is open.