Ravalli County is going to Stage One fire restrictions this Saturday 8/17. That means no campfires outside established fire rings at designated campgrounds or recreation sites.  Also no smoking will be allowed unless inside a vehicle or building on national forest lands.

Fire conditions of course played a role in this decision. However officials   pointed out that the discovery of several abandoned campfires played a major role. One of them in the Lake Como area had grown to about three acres before responders got in contained. Officials said resources are stretched thin with crews working hard to fight lightning starts that continue to pop up and more storms are in the forecast.