We live in one of the most world-renowned places to fish, camp, hunt, and engage in all sorts of outdoor activities. Each year, however, our valley can also become a very dangerous place for those who don’t properly handle fire. Here are some tips for enjoying the Bitterroot Valley safely year-round.
- Pay attention to the weather, and understand what “fire weather” is. Here’s a great link to get you started.
- Follow any burn bans in your area; they’re not put in place to make things inconvenient. They’re put in place when conditions are such that any type of fire — even just you burning a small pile of brush or the sparks from using your chainsaw — can get out of control extremely quickly.
- When you’re in an area where campfires are allowed, make sure that your fire is cold to the touch before you leave it. Don’t just pour a bottle of water on it — that’s not enough.
- Keep in mind where you are at all times when you’re outdoors, especially in wildland areas. Know how to quickly leave the area you’re in.