Bitterroot Outdoors

Fire danger level raised to moderate

Fire danger on the Bitterroot National Forest was raised from “Low” to “Moderate” Wednesday, June 12.

The current ridge of high pressure and above average temperatures are expected to continue through the weekend with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms with the potential of frequent lightning.

Fuels are starting to dry out in many areas and warmer temperatures are predicted through the month. Firefighters are asking for the public’s help in preventing human caused wildfires. Never leave a campfire unattended and make sure your coals are cool to the touch before you leave.

When fire danger is “moderate,” fires can start from most accidental causes, but the number of fires is usually low. If a fire starts in open, dry grassland, it will burn and spread quickly on windy days. Most wood fires spread slowly to moderately and are often easy to control.

There are no fire restrictions at this time. To stay updated, visit http://firerestrictions.us/.

Remember to keep campfires small, and completely extinguish them before leaving camp. The best method is to douse the fire with water, stir the ashes and douse again, making sure that all ashes are cold to the touch. It is illegal to have unattended campfires.

This year, firefighters have extinguished seven human caused fires and three lightning fires on the Bitterroot National Forest.

Climbing closure lifted

The climbing closure on the north side of Mill Creek Canyon including the “Pie for Strength” climbing area that has been in place since Feb. 1 is now lifted.

Forest wildlife biologists have visited the area several times recently and determined that the known raptor nesting sites are inactive. The Forest Service would like to thank the climbing community for respecting this closure and avoiding the area this spring.