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Bitterroot National Forest

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Bitterroot trees are under attack by beetles. (KLYQ photo)
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Bitterroot Forest Starts Logging Near Como

210 acres killed by beetles will be involved in operation.

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Beware! The Forest Roads Are Icy!

The Bitterroot National Forest issues backcountry road warnings.

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(KLYQ File Photo)
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Bitterroot Forest Removes Dead Trees

The Mountain Pine Beetle is a killer. The Bitterroot National Forest has noted a 6-fold increase in lodgepole pine trees killed by the beetle since 2009.
Some of the trees are in campgrounds and recreation areas

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The Alta Cabin, partially wrapped for fire protection earlier this year. (Bitterroot National Forest Photo)
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Saddle Complex closures re-opened

The emergency closure of the Saddle Complex Fire on the West Fork Ranger District is being lifted as of 8am September 29. Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King said the closure was in place since August 24 and this will re-open a large number of roads and trails south of Painted Rocks Reservoir

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Earlier smoke photo from Up Top Fire (USFS Photo)
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When You Blow On A Fire … — Sept 26

Wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour pushed the Up Top forest fire another 1,100 acres this weekend. So far, the fire has burned about 11,000 acres in the Bitterroot National Forest and currently is moving toward the east, spotting over into the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest northeast of Dam Lake

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Skalkaho Falls, last week. (USFS Photo)
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As Expected, Flames Come Back – Sept 24

The Up Top Fire in the 41 Complex of forest fires 8 miles east of Hamilton has begun to "boil" again, with temperatures back into the 80s in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, according to Bitterroot National Forest information officer Tod McKay

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Rocks and debris on the Skalkaho Highway this week. (USFS Photo)
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The Rain Helped – Sept 17

With Thursday's rain, not much movement from the Up Top Fire in the 41 Complex on the east side of the Bitterroot Valley in the Sapphire Mountains. Crews continued to work on the west side of the fire, working at least 100 feet inside the fire perimeter

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Campgrounds Close for Fall and Winter

The Bitterroot National Forest will be closing some of the campgrounds and facilities for the fall and winter seasons.
The Lake Como Campgrounds will be closing for the season, Woods Cabin at the lake is also closed for the season

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Flames on the Up Top Fire on Sunday. (USFS Photo)
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Smokin’ – Sept 14

The smoke is making is hard for residents to see the fires surrounding the Bitterroot valley.
A couple of thunderstorm cells grew during the afternoon Wednesday over the Sapphire Mountains in the vicinity of the Fox Peak Fire and then moved off to the east

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Flames from the Up Top Fire Sept 12 (USFS Photo)
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Work Continues on 41 Complex Fires – Sept 13

Crews continue to build fire lines on the northwest and southwest portions of the active Up Top Fire, part of the 41 Complex in the Sapphire Mountains, 10 miles east of Hamilton.
Fire traffic has increased on Hamilton Heights Road, as fire crews use that road as a quicker way to access the northwest corner of the fire

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