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Another lightning caused fire in the Salmon-Challis Forest. (USFS Photo)
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Fire Lines Added to Saddle Complex – Aug 30

Lightning caused fires are keeping Forest Service crews busy in Montana and Idaho. The accompanying photo is of the Salt Fire in the Salmon District.
However, the largest fire in the area, the Saddle Complex is about 24,000 acres and is still south of Hughes Creek in the West Fork of the Bitterroot National Forest

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Spot fires like this are popping up all over. (USFS Photo)
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Where there’s smoke…..

Lightning has caused at least nine new forest fires on the Bitterroot National Forest, according to Information Officer Tod McKay. The slow-moving storms started Sunday evening.
Four fires are burning east of Hamilton in the Sapphire Mountains on the Darby Ranger District and five smaller fires are burning up the West Fork on the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness

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A corner of the Lutz Forest Fire. (US Forest Service photo)
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The Lingering Lutz Fire and Others – Aug 26

Here's the latest on other fires in the vicinity of the Bitterroot Valley - as of the afternoon of August 26.
East of the valley, the Lutz Fire on the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest is currently estimated at 584 acres

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A view this weekend of the Stud Fire, part of the Saddle Complex in the wilderness. (US Forest Service Photo)
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Roads Closed Around Saddle Complex

The 748 acre Saddle Complex of forest fires in the Salmon-Challis and Bitterroot National Forests continues to spread in every direction, causing more closures in the area.
The fire, south of the Bitterroot Valley, crept onto Bitterroot National Forest land Sunday, and now a joint operation from both forests is managing the fire

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Saddle Fire flames
A hot spot in the Saddle Fire from last week. (US Forest Service photo)
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Saddle and Stud Fires Move East

The wilderness forests fires that make up the Saddle complex in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness have grown to over 700 acres during the weekend.
The fires are being managed for resource benefits and crews are in place at Horse Creek Hot Springs, Oreana Lookout, Gattin Ranch and a small mine in the Horse Creek drainage for possible structure protection

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Lightning Sets off Forest Fires

Small forest fires were started by lightning storms over the Bitterroot National Forest last week.
Public Affairs Officer Tod McKay said the Birch Creek Fire was at 6 acres last Friday in the Sapphire Mountains 10 miles northeast of Corvallis with 26 firefighters and two engines on the fireline

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Indian Fire along ridgeline on Ulysses Mtn (Inciweb Photo)
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Idaho Fire is 80 Percent Contained

The Indian Fire in the Salmon-Challis National Forest is now about 80 percent contained, according to Forest Service officials.
Structure protection continues for homes near the fire on Indian Creek

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Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images
Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images
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Wildfires Burn in 12 States

As the largest wildfire in Arizona state history continued to burn in the eastern central part of the state on Wednesday, firefighters in 11 other states were busy battling blazes.

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