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Logging eqipment. (KLYQ Image/USFS)

Lost Trail Ski Area Logging

The forest road leading to Saddle Mountain and the Divide Trail will be closed until early October to allow logging activity at Lost Trail Ski Area...

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Gold Pan Complex cleanup. (USFS Photo)

Bitterroot Forest Areas Opened

The weather is allowing the Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor to reopen the closed areas at the Gold Pan Complex in the south end of the valley...

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The closure area of the forest around the Gold Pan Complex. (Bitterroot National Forest/USFS image)

Gold Pan Closure Area Reduced

More access for the public is the reason for a condensed closure around the Gold Pan Complex of forest fires in the West Fork Ranger District...

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Firefighters on a Gold Pan fireline. (USFS Photo)

Gold Pan Fire Update

The 42,000 acre Gold Pan Complex of forest fires has continued burning - with isolated "torching" and some creeping fire along the ground, according to the latest Bitterroot National Forest news release...

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A bridge on the Magruder road. (USFS Photo)

Magruder Road Opens

Storms Thursday September 5 dropped about a half inch of rain on the Gold Pan Complex of forest fires and allowed the Magruder Corridor to reopen...

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Photo courtesy of Forest Service - Northern Region/Flickr

2,500 Lightning Strikes Help Spark Five New Fires in the Bitterroot National Forest

Despite all of the rain and humidity, a lightning storm on September 4 has kept fire crews busy in the Bitterroot National Forest.

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Gold Pan Complex plume
A plume of smoke from the Gold Pan Complex this past weekend. (USFS/Air Patrol)

Gold Pan Fire at 42,000 Acres

The Gold Pan complex of fires in the south end of the Bitterroot Valley grew over 1,000 acres this past weekend.

The growth was mainly north and east as the fire, which started in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, moved farther into the Blue Joint drainage near McGregor Creek and Nez Perce Pass, with some spotting across Jack the Ripper Creek...

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The rocks, trees and mud overwhelmed the road. (Stephen Hardin Photo)

Mudslide Closes Selway Road

The Magruder Corridor is open four hours a day, but the nearby Selway Road is blocked by a mudslide.

According to Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest, work will begin late this week to clear 60 feet of mud, trees and rocks that slid down a hillside and across the road Thursday August 29...

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A sign along the Magruder Corridor. (USFS Photo)

Magruder Road is Open for Four Hours a Day

The Magruder Road Corridor between Montana's Nez Perce Pass and Elk City, Idaho, has re-opened to the public between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, according to a new release from the Gold Pan Complex firefighters...

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Clearing snags at Gold Pan Fire
Clearing snags from the roadway at the Gold Pan Complex. (USFS Photo)

Gold Pan Complex of Forest Fires Continues Slow Growth

The Gold Pan Complex of fires in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is an estimated 35,000 acres in size, with the two major fires being the Gold Pan at 34,000 and Nez Peak at about 1,000 acres...

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