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Bitterroot Back Country Horsemen help clear trail in the Bitterroot. (USFS Photo)
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Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen Help Bitterroot Forest Near Sula

Trails on the Sula Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest will be in better shape after this weekend's work by members of the Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen.

The group has been helping the forest maintain trails almost since it started - 30 years ago

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Trees torching at the Gold Pan forest fire. USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Fire Continues to Grow – Stage One Fire Restrictions are Planned

The 4,295 acre Gold Pan Fire in the Frank Church Wilderness has grown to the east in lower Gold Pan Creek and Langdon Gulch.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said a new wildfire was discovered Wednesday to the southwest of Gold Pan

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Gold Pan Fire
The Gold Pan Fire smoke plume from Hells Half Acre Lookout. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Fire Moves Closer to Magruder Road in Wilderness

The Gold Pan wilderness fire is now over 3,000 acres in size and is only a quarter mile from the Magruder Corridor road between the Frank Church and the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness areas.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said the lightning-caused fire in the West Fork Ranger District has grown on the southwest corner and on the east side in lower Gold Pan Creek and Landon Gulch

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The Gold Pan Fire near Magruder Corridor. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Fire in Wilderness Sends Smoke into Bitterroot Valley

The Gold Pan Fire in the Frank Church Wilderness grew to about 2,000 acres over the weekend and sent a large column of smoke into the air and over the south end of the Bitterroot Valley.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said the fire is burning about 3 miles east of the Salmon Mountain Lookout on the West Fork Ranger District

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This was the moon in June. (Fullerton Photo)
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Bitter Root Water Forum and Bitteroot Forest Present ‘Aquatic Moon’

This month's Moon Walk, sponsored by the Bitterroot National Forest, will be the Aquatic Moon, and is Saturday, July 20.

The presentation will start about 7 p.m. at the Kiwanis River Park in Hamilton

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Gold Pan Fire
photo courtesy of the Bitterroot National Forest
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The Gold Pan Fire – Burning in Frank Church Wilderness [AUDIO]

The small, 10-acre Gold Pan fire is burning in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, not far from the Montana border in Idaho.

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The Gold Pan Fire July 18. (USFS Photo)
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Two New Forest Fires Erupt in the Wilderness Areas

Of the fires popping up from recent lightning storms, two are of note to Bitterroot Valley residents.

Many people saw smoke drifting into the valley from the California Point Fire on the north end of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

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Bitterroot Natiional Forest
photo courtesy of the Forest Service-Northern Region/flickr
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Missing Darby Boy Walks Out of Wilderness After Massive Response by Authorities [AUDIO]

A Darby teenager walked out of the Bitterroot wilderness Saturday morning after a massive response was mounted to find the boy who had been missing since Thursday.

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A grove of cedar trees up Roaring Lion. (Fullerton Photo)
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Took Ridge Fire is Contained – Bitterroot National Forest Fire Danger is HIGH

Fire danger on the Bitterroot National Forest has moved from Moderate to High, as of Thursday, July 11.

Lightning caused the Took Ridge Fire at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday July 9 near the Lookout Mountain lookout, north of Painted Rocks Lake up the West Fork

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Bitterroot National Forest road. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Forest Service Culvert Work Will Close Magruder Road Temporarily

The Magruder Corridor Road between the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness will be closed July 23 and July 25 to allow removal of two culverts.

According to Joni Lubke of the Bitterroot National Forest, the two culverts on Shovel Creek are not expected to handle the drainage of areas burned last fall

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