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The Nez Peak Fire August 14. (USFS Photo)
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Nez Perce Peak Forest Fire Added to the Gold Pan Complex

The Gold Pan forest fire Complex in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness now consists of four named fires - Gold Pan, Goat, Thirteen and Nez Peak. All together, the fires have burned over 18,000 acres on the West Fork Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest

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The Moon. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Bitterroot Moon Walk is the Bark Beetle Moon Saturday

The Saturday, August 17, Bitterroot National Forest Moon Walk will be the Bark Beetle Moon.

The presentation on the Mountain Pine Beetle will start about 7 p.m. at Willoughby Environmental Education Area south of Stevensville

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Along the Magruder Road, burned trees were uprooted by thunderstorm microbursts Friday. (USFS Photo)
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Friday Storm Snaps Trees – Humans Leave Campfires Burning

The Friday thunderstorms, which stretched from Lost Trail Pass to the Canadian border, caused power outages, fallen trees and broken branches throughout the Bitterroot Valley. Over 10,000 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes were counted by satellite

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Pony Forest Fire
Pony Complex forest fire is sending smoke to the Bitterroot Valley. (USFS Photo)
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Bitterroot Valley Forest Fire Smoke Coming from Boise Area

Forest fire smoke in the Bitterroot Valley is not coming from any fires on the Bitterroot National Forest. Instead, the forests southeast of Boise are full of fire and winds have brought heavy smoke into our area

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Phillip Manuel Gold Pan Fire meteorologisst (left) and Tim Sedlock of the National Weather Service prepare a weather balloon. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Fire Meteorologists Use Weather Balloon

With a Red Flag warning issued by the National Weather Service, more information was needed on the Gold Pan forest fire in the Frank Church Wilderness. Officials looked to the sky.

Friday, a helium-filled weather balloon with a three-pound instrument package was launched from the Incident Command Post on the West Fork Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest

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A planned burnout on the Gold Pan Fire Wednesday. (USFS Photo)
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West Fork Meeting Planned Saturday August 10 for Gold Pan Fire

West Fork area residents will be updated on the Gold Pan forest fire Saturday afternoon, August 10, at 2 p.m. at the fire's incident command post. The meeting will be at the Scripps Yonder Ranch on the Nez Perce Road about 4 miles west of the West Fork Ranger Station

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Burned trees along the Magruder Corridor. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan and Moose Meadows Forest Fire Update – August 7

Firefighters have had opportunities to prepare for movement of the Gold Pan Forest Fire in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

The 16,000 acre fire in the West Fork Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest has stayed in the wilderness area so far, but crews have built over 25 miles of fireline as a contingency to the east of the fire between the wilderness and Painted Rocks Reservoir

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Lake Como. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Bitterroot Valley’s Lake Como Level is Dropping Early

It's several weeks early, butthe moveable boat dock on the south side of Lake Como is being removed Wednesday, August 7.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said the water level of the popular lake has dropped steadily in recent weeks

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Excavator Clearing Understory Vegetation Forest Road No.1303 (USFS Photo)
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Forest Fire Update – Gold Pan and Moose Meadows – August 5

The fire crews at the Gold Pan and Moose Meadows forest fires are reporting increased burning as the forest dries out, following last week's rain showers.

The 3,500 acre Moose Meadows Fire is now 60 percent contained and there are no structures threatened at this time

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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Limit Campfires to These Places on Bitterroot Forest

Even with the occasional rain shower, Western Montana is under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions due to the dry, hot weather and the increasing fire danger.

Those wanting to gather around a campfire to sing songs or tell ghost stories need to look for an improved Bitterroot National Forest campground with an approved concrete or steel campfire ring

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