Bitterroot Forest Starts Fall Burning Projects
The fall burning season for the Bitterroot National Forest will get rid of some logging slash piles and reduce some undergrowth in the woodlands of the Bitterroot Valley. Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said the burning of about 2,200 acres could start as early as September 13, due to the weather changes and a general end of fire season. The burns will only be ignited if fuel moisture, weather conditions and air quality allow. He reminds forest users that fire danger remains "High," which will lead to extra caution in the prescribed fire projects, which are listed below.
Darby/Sula Ranger District:
West Fork Ranger District:
Stevensville Ranger District:
McKay said these burns are planned for higher and wetter elevations, not the drier valley bottom.
He reminded everyone that campfires are allowed, but they need to be completely extinguished before you leave your camping site. Drivers, be aware of fire traffic around the burning areas this fall.