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Wilderness smoke and approaching clouds. (NOAA)
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Where’s the Forest Fire Smoke Coming From?

This satellite image from a weather satellite Wednesday afternoon shows plumes of smoke coming from various wilderness fires to the west of the Bitterroot Valley.

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The 36 Pit Fire in Oregon. (USFS Photo)
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Forest Fires Continue to Burn

Forest fires west of Montana in Oregon and Idaho were less active Friday, due to the weather, but they are expected to continue to spread smoke toward the Bitterroot Valley as the days return to hot and dry conditions.

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The smoke Saturday September 13 at the Johnson Bar Fire in Idaho. (USFS Photo)
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September Idaho Forest Fires Bring Smoke to the Bitterroot

Smoke from Idaho forest fires is invading the Bitterroot Valley with the recent hot, dry weather.

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Thanks for All the Smoke, California and Washington!

California is just one of the states sending smoke from wildfires into Western Montana. (NWS/USFS Photo)

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Smoke from the Lost Horse Fire Friday evening. (Fullerton Photo)
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Lightning Ignites the Lost Horse Fire in the Bitterroot

Two helicopters were dropping water on the lightning caused Lost Horse Fire Friday evening.

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One of Neptune's flock of firefighting aircraft. (Fullerton Photo)
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Wildfire Fight Continues in Northwest

The Carlton Complex of forest fires is now listed as the largest wildfire in Washington state history - and it's still growing.

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A smokey sunset at Flathead Lake July 16th. (Fullerton Photo)
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Smoke Bothers Western Montanans

Fires in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia, Canada, are pouring smoke into Western Montana.

Officials say there are at least 25 forest fires in British Columbia, Washington state fires includes the 7,000 acre Carlton Fire and Oregon has over 110,000 acres on fire, including the Pittsburgh Fire, the Bridge 99 Complex, the Pine Creek Complex and the Waterman Complex

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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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