Contact Us

Bitterroot Valley Smoke Gets Serious

diablo lookout
Diablo Lookout in Idaho has been threatened by forest fire. (Powell Fire Photo)

The cumulative effect of the smoke in the Bitterroot Valley is listed as “Unhealthy,” using particulate measurements from the monitoring station at the Ravalli County Courthouse in Hamilton.

The Unhealthy setting means that people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid any outdoor activity, and everyone else should avoid prolonged exertion.

The worst day was Sunday, so far, and into the evening the measurements were the highest, dropping off significantly on Monday.

The smoke is coming from the usual place – the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. In the wilderness, the Powell East and the Powell West complexes of fires have burned about 20,000 acres, in the latest report Monday afternoon from the Clear-Nez Fire Zone. The East complex includes the Fern Fire and the Dan Fire, each of which grew to the east over the weekend.

Meanwhile, on the Moose Creek Ranger District there are three major fires – The 7,000 acre Ditch Fire, the 3,900 acre Vista Fire and the 3,000 acre  Pettibone Fire. The fires are being monitored by Forest Service personnel.

South of the valley, the Mustang complex, consisting mainly of the Mustang and Lost Packer Fires north of the Salmon River, is at 137,000 acres and the fire has been affected by thunderstorms. The Mustang Fire on the northeast has crossed over into the Bitterroot National Forest of Montana near Blue Nose Lookout. The fire is also approaching the Gattin Ranch. Structure protection is in place.

Structure preparation is also being assessed for North Fork and Gibbonsville areas. Authorities are also assessing the Cabin Springs and Hamilton Fires, which are west of the Lost Packer Fire.

Best of KLYQ

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KLYQ Club VIP quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KLYQ Club VIP contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.