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Small forest fires were started by lightning storms over the Bitterroot National Forest last week.
Public Affairs Officer Tod McKay said the Birch Creek Fire was at 6 acres last Friday in the Sapphire Mountains 10 miles northeast of Corvallis with 26 firefighters and two engines on the fireline.
A fire near Sula Peak was less than an acre in size and six firefighters were on that fire Friday.
A fire in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness near Mount Jerusalem will be monitored. It’s on the West Fork Ranger District was was less than an acre in size Friday. It is a naturally occurring fire in the wilderness and will be allowed to play its role in the character of wilderness.

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