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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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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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The Papoose Fire on July 16. (USFS Photo)
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Smoke and Flames – Forest Fire Update – Friday July 19

The largest forest fire in the area is on the Salmon-challis National Forest - the Papoose Fire (see photo). It is over 5,000 acres and is burning in steep, rocky, inaccessible areas along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

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A helicopter dropping water on the edge of the Rough Creek Fire in Idaho. (USFS Photo)
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Montana and Idaho Forest Fires – Updated Wednesday Morning July 17

The weather is playing a big role in Idaho forest fires this week. thunderstorms rolled through the area Tuesday and are predicted again Wednesday.

On the 4,700-acre Papoose fire above the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, rolling rocks and logs down toward the river are a concern, along with some flash flooding in areas of the Salmon-Challis National Forest that were burned in last year's massive fire season

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A helicopter with water bucket in Idaho. (USFS Photo)
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Papoose Fire Continues to Grow Above the Salmon River in Idaho

The Papoose Fire, burning near the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho, has continued to grow in rough, steep and generally inaccessible landscape.

By Monday evening, July 15, the forest fire on the Salmon-Challis National Forest was estimated over 3,700 acres and portions were burning downhill toward the river

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An early photo of the Papoose Forest Fire in Idaho. (USFS Photo)
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Papoose Forest Fire Grows Larger West of Salmon Idaho

The Papoose Fire is now estimated at 2,800 acres in stepp, rough terrain about 40 miles west of Salmon, Idaho.

The fire started during a lightning storm July 8 and a helicopter rapeller crew could not contain the fire because of steep slopes. The fire is bur

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New Colorado Wildfire Prompts Evacuations of Homes

DENVER (AP) — A new wildfire in the foothills southwest of Denver is forcing the evacuation of dozens of homes.

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A photo from the early hours Monday of the Rumsey Gulch Fire near Philipsburg. (USFS Photo)
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Rumsey Gulch Forest Fire has Burned 350 Acres by Tuesday Afternoon

The Rumsey Gulch forest fire, 4 miles southeast of Philipsburg MT, is now estimated at 350 acres late Tuesday afternoon, according to Type 3 Incident Management Team leader Jonathan Clark.

The fire started in high winds Monday afternoon and caused evacuations of nearby homes

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Fire South of Philipsburg Forces Evacuations

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A 200-acre fire driven by "horrific winds" forced the evacuation of residences in a forested area about four miles southeast of Philipsburg.

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A portion of 2012's Mustang Complex of forest fires. (USFS Photo)
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Bitterroot Home Wildfire Preparation Presented Saturday in Hamilton

A full day of information, history and tips on how to protect your home from wildfire will be on tap Saturday at the Bitterroot River Inn and Conference Center in Hamilton.

The free community conference is called "Wildfire and Home Preparation: How fast can your home run?" and includes over a dozen speakers

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