Saddle Fire Keeps Growing
Idaho's Saddle Fire will soon be Montana's forest fire. The over 600 acre fire is in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness north of Shoup and south of Woods Creek Pass, near a smaller fire - the Stud Fire. The blazes will probably be pushed by prevailing wind eastward into the Bitterroot National Forest at the south end of the Bitterroot Valley.
Tod McKay of the Bitterroot Forest said the fire is being managed for resource benefits associated with fire and is being monitored by both Idaho and Montana firefighters.
He expected smoke from the fire to drift into the Bitterroot Valley through the weekend. How much? That's dependant on the wind conditions and if the fire reaches areas of beetle-killed trees, which will cause the blaze to increase its intensity and growth potential. People have been noticing an increase in smoke as far north as Darby.
Structures at Horse Creek Hot Springs, Oreana Lookout and Gattin Ranch are within one and half to 3 miles from the fire.