Bitterroot National Forest officials are monitoring the Salamander forest fire in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness on the West Fork Ranger District.

The fire started from lightning strikes July 21 and is at least 200 acres in size, but is not threatening any structures. However, if it does move near the Horse Heaven Cabin, Salmon Base Camp or Salmon Mountain Lookout (all about two and a half miles away), structure protection will be done. Currently, there are no trail or road restrictions in the area. The Magruder Road Corridor remains open.

Smoke has been wafting into the valley from a wilderness fire about 37 miles southwest of Lolo on the Clearwater National Forest in Idaho. The fire, also in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, is called the Powell SBW East Complex (SBW stands for Selway Bitterroot Wilderness). The Complex is made up of the Fern forest fire and much smaller Hidden forest fire. The only photo KLYQ Radio could find is a week old, when the fires were much smaller. We'll get a current acreage estimate later.