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moose meadows fire
The Saturday afternoon column of the Moose Meadows Fire - from Hamilton. (KLYQ Photo)
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A Growth Weekend for Area Forest Fires – More Smoke in Valley

The Moose Meadows Fire, 18 miles southwest of Philipsburg, grew to over 1,400 by Sunday morning and the Gold Pan Complex of fires (Gold Pan and Goat fires) in the Frank Church Wilderness gained 2,000 acres Friday and more on Saturday and is now over 7,000 acres

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The smoke plume from the California Point Fire in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. (NOAA/NRL)
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Forest Fire Smoke Invades the Bitterroot Valley

A smoke plume was evident over the Bitterroot Mountains Friday afternoon and evening. The smoke is tentatively identified as the California Point Fire, which is in Idaho in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

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Gold Pan Fire
The Gold Pan Fire this week from Forest Service Air Patrol. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Fire Jumps Toward the Magruder Corridor

The Gold Pan forest fire in the Frank Church Wilderness is now over 5,000 acres and the fire has jumped the Selway River. It is moving closer to the Magruder Ranger Station and a Type 2 Fire Management Team will take over the Gold Pan and the much smaller Goat wilderness fire this weekend

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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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