Smoke Continues to Rise from Roaring Lion Fire
Sunday, with hot, dry weather, some of the previously unburned pockets of the Roaring Lion Fire started putting up a small column of smoke. Many Bitterroot Valley residents called 9-1-1, concerned about the smoke.
Fire officials have assured the public that the smoke was expected and is not threatening any structures. The smoke will be seen at various times in the next few weeks, they say, until a "season-ending event" occurs. That usually means the arrival of colder autumn temperatures and, of course, snowfall.
The Monday morning Roaring Lion fire report August 15 has no change on the acreage - 8,274 acres. Lookouts have been posted up on Ward Mountain, in the bowl area, to monitor the western portion of the fire, where some of the smoke has been seen. The forest fire is 70 percent contained and there are now 119 people assigned to the fire south of Hamilton.
Trail closures include Camas Creek, Coyote Coulee, Roaring Lion, Sawtooth and Ward Mountain trailheads, the Coyote Creek trail system and trail #59 in the North Fork of Lost Horse Creek. Observation Point Road remains closed.
Information boards will still be posted at Darby Ranger Station, Rocky Mountain Grange south of Hamilton and the Bitterroot National Forest Supervisors Office in Hamilton.