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Bitterroot National Forest

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Go here, but not there. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Bass Creek Logging at Overlook

Logging operations will temporarily close the road to Bass Creek Overlook from October 7 through October 12 on the Bitterroot National Forest.

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Clean-up fire. (KLYQ image/USFS Photo)
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Bitterroot Forest Plans Slash Burning

The Bitterroot National Forest has been cutting down beetle-killed trees and thinning areas around the forest this summer. Now is the time to burn piles of debris left over from the logging.

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Logging eqipment. (KLYQ Image/USFS)
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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.

The logging has been on-going since last fall on about 225 acres that have been attacked by the Mountain Pine Beetle

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Gold Pan Complex cleanup. (USFS Photo)
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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.

Supervisor Julie King lifted all closures this week, including the trails and roads in the Frank Church and Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness areas

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

Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King signed the order this week, which moves the boundary back to the Hells Half Road on the Magruder Corridor (see map)

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Firefighters on a Gold Pan fireline. (USFS Photo)
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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)
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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.

The road passes through the wilderness and connects the West Fork of the Bitterroot Valley in Montana with Elk City and Dixie, Idaho

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Photo courtesy of Forest Service - Northern Region/Flickr
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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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A plume of smoke from the Gold Pan Complex this past weekend. (USFS/Air Patrol)
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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)
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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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