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Firefighters at the Chrandal Creek Fire. (USFS Photo)
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Chrandal Creek Fire – Sunday July 22 Update

By Sunday morning, the Chrandal Creek forest fire had burned 2,130 acres on the Bitterroot National Forest and 70 acres on the Challis-Salmon National Forest for a total of 2,200 acres.

However, during Sunday, the humidity dropped and the temperature soared, causing increased burning and, of course, more smoke

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Beyond this firefighter you can see the beetle-killed forest in the Chrandal Creek Fire area. (USFS Photo)
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Chrandal Fire – Friday July 20 Update

Thursday was another good day.

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In that forest scene is a feller-buncher, which helps remove trees to build fireline around the Chrandal Fire. (USFS Photo)
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Chrandal Fire – Thursday July 19 Update

Weather changes may cause more smoke.

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The historic Alta Ranger Station being wrapped by fire crew. (USFS Photo)
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Chrandal Fire – Wednesday Update July 18

Another good day for firefighters Tuesday.

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Chrandal forest fire this weekend. (USFS Photo)
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Chrandal Fire – Tuesday July 17 Update

The fire is smoldering and creeping.

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A look from the air at beetle-killed trees in the vicinity of the Chrandal Fire. (USFS Photo)
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Chrandal Fire – Monday July 16 Morning Update

The weather helped firefighters this weekend.

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Trees torch in the Chrandal Fire over the weekend. (USFS Photo)
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Chrandal Fire – Sunday Update

Hughes Creek Road closed to non-residents.

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Chrandal Fire on July 10. (USFS Photo)
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Chrandal Fire – Saturday 7/14 Update

Cooler temperatures kept the Chrandal Fire at about 1,700 acres Friday.

Saturday, winds and storms sere expected. Crews are containing spot fires on the Idaho side of the divide, however poor access, snags and terrain has slowed the direct attack

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The Chrandal Creek Fire column. (USFS Photo)
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Chrandal Creek Forest Fire – July 13 Update

The Chrandal Creek Forest Fire is now 1,700 acres.

About 25 homes in the upper Hughes Creek Area, where Chrandal Creek flows into Hughes Creek, have been put on Stage I evacuation alert by the Ravalli County Sheriff's Office

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Photo by David McNew/Getty Images
Photo by David McNew/Getty Images
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Small Fire in Bitterroot National Forest

The Chrandal Creek fire, approximately 2 miles northwest of Irishmans Rock, in the Hughes Creek drainage is estimated to be 60 acres in size. The fire was lightning caused and was detected on Friday. Acting Bitterroot National Forest spokesperson Betsy Ballard says the fire behavior has been very active Saturday with trees torching and multiple fire spots outside the main fire perimeter. The fire is burning in subalpine fire and beetle killed lodgepole pine. Air support is being provided by 2 helicopters dropping buckets of water on the fire.

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