Bitterroot Fire Danger Climbs to ‘High’ Level
Over two weeks earlier than last year, the Bitterroot National Forest has raised the fire danger level to High on the national forest land. Tod McKay said that at this level, fires will start from most causes and unattended brush and campfires will most likely spread. Last year, July 15th was the first day of High Fire Danger.
Already, there have been 11 human-caused fires and 5 lightning fires on the Bitterroot National Forest. Fire Management Officer Mark Wilson said in a news release that "we are several weeks ahead of normal with our current conditions resembling mid-to-late July. Things are drying out quickly this year, and spring rains resulted in a good crop of grass that can feed a wildfire. People need to be careful when camping, driving in the backcountry and cutting firewood." Most lookouts are staffed and watching the forest for smoke.
The Bitterroot National Forest has the following tips:
Always check the current conditions before you head out into the woods. The ranger stations have the latest informatin. On Facebook, check the Discover BitterrootNF page.