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Chrandal Fire – Tuesday July 17 Update

Chrandal fire
Chrandal forest fire this weekend. (USFS Photo)
The weather has been helpful for firefighters on the lines of the 1,800-acre Chrandal Fire at the south end of the Bitterroot Valley. The fire has been smoldering and creeping, with some isolated torching, according the the Tuesday morning Forest Service Update.

The wildfire is 32 air miles south of Darby on the Bitterroot National Forest, but spot fires have also been popping up on the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho. Crews have been putting those out.

Thunderstorms rolled through the area, increasing the humidity and cooling the temperatures. Direct fire line was constructed on the northeastern side of the blaze, but poor access and bad terrain hampered work on the western edge.

Work will continue Tuesday on the northeastern fire lines. And a reminder, only Hughes Creek residents (and firefighters) are allowed on the Hughes Creek Road. Please check with the West Fork Ranger Station if you’re planning to hike in the area. Some trails are closed.

Structure protection on homes in Hughes Creek was completed yesterday.

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