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Cedar grove
A grove of cedar trees up Roaring Lion. (Fullerton Photo)
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Took Ridge Fire is Contained – Bitterroot National Forest Fire Danger is HIGH

Fire danger on the Bitterroot National Forest has moved from Moderate to High, as of Thursday, July 11.

Lightning caused the Took Ridge Fire at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday July 9 near the Lookout Mountain lookout, north of Painted Rocks Lake up the West Fork

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Bitterroot National Forest road. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Forest Service Culvert Work Will Close Magruder Road Temporarily

The Magruder Corridor Road between the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness will be closed July 23 and July 25 to allow removal of two culverts.

According to Joni Lubke of the Bitterroot National Forest, the two culverts on Shovel Creek are not expected to handle the drainage of areas burned last fall

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Firewood
photo courtesy of j24L/Flickr.com
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Bitterroot National Forest Opens New Firewood Sources [AUDIO]

'Tis the season... for gathering firewood for the upcoming winter heating season, and the Bitterroot National Forest has temporarily opened up several new areas for the public.

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moon
(KLYQ File Photo)
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Walk by the Light of the Super ‘Bear Moon’ Saturday At Blodgett Campground

The "Bear Moon" is the topic of the Saturday, June 22, Moon Walk from the Bitterroot National Forest.

The first Moon Walk of the season will be at Blodgett Campground, starting at 7 p.m., and will include information about the differences between black bears and grizzly bears, how to safely store food in bear country, how to use bear spray and more

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misty mountain
Misty afternoon up the Skalkaho. (fullerton photo)
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Rain Delays Bitterroot National Forest Beetle Spraying

Spraying plans to combat the Mountain Pine Beetle in some Bitterroot National Forest recreation sites have been delayed, due to rainy conditions.

A slow moving cold front has spread rain throughout the Bitterroot Valley Wednesday and weather is expected to be "unsettled" through the weekend

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Spraying at the Rombo Campground of the Bitterroot National Forest. (BNF-Northern Region Photo)
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Mountain Pine Beetle Battle – Bitterroot National Forest is Spraying Campgrounds

The fight against the Mountain Pine Beetle continues on the Bitterroot National Forest - with Carbaryl spraying this month.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said that campgrounds on the West Fork Ranger District will be first on the schedule this year

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Darby Visitor Center
Terry Hinman at the front desk of the Darby Visitor Center for the Bitterroot National Forest. (KLYQ Photo)
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Darby Visitors Center – A Friendly ‘Front Door’ for the Bitterroot National Forest

The sign along US 93 in Darby directs you to the historic building that is the Darby Visitors Center, next door to the Darby Ranger Station.

Volunteers like Terry Hinman (L. in photo) answer questions, issue permits and provide maps to anyone who wants to visit the Bitterroot National Forest

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A Bitterroot National Forest road. (KLYQ Photo)
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Road Work Will Temporarily Close Magruder Corridor in Wilderness

There will be times this summer when you will not be able to use the Magruder Corridor Road between Montana and Idaho.

The West Fork Ranger District, in a news release, reports that damage to the road needs to be repaired in several sections - with several culvert replacements

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Full moon and tree
A bright full moon rises through the tree branches. (KLYQ Photo)
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Bitterroot Forest Service ‘Moon Walks’ Return

The nights in the Bitterroot Valley are great, and the Bitterroot National Forest celebrates them with monthly Moon Walks every summer.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Foreset says this is the 13th year for Moon Walks, which are based on the book "Walk When the Moon is Full

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Smoke during last year's Sawtooth forest fire. (KLYQ Photo)
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Montana’s Wildfire Season Expected to be ‘Significant’

The summer wildfire season is expected to be at least as bad as last year, according to officials with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

The center noted recent precipitation and cooler temperatures have delayed by several weeks the start of the fire season in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana

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