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High Fire Danger In Bitterroot National Forest

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Due to extremely hot and dry weather, U.S. Forest Service officials move fire danger in the Bitterroot National Forest from Moderate to High.

Forest officials are asking the public to be extremely careful when camping and to properly maintain and extinguish all campfires.

High fire danger means all fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from just causes. Unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common. High intensity burning may develop on slopes, or in concentrations of fine fuel. Fires may become serious and their control difficult, unless they are hit hard and fast while small.

Forest officials said lightening already caused Wapiti Fire, burning in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, 4 miles northeast of Paradise Campground. It was discovered Friday afternoon. It’s burned about 21 acres, and is about 50% contained.

So far this summer, Bitterroot National Forest fire crews have responded to and extinguished 10 wildfires on the forest and in our protection area. Due to quick response of crews, most of the fires were kept under ½ acre in size.

 

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