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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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Mustang Fire of 2012
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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A tanker dropping retardant. (Neptune Aviation)
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U.S. Forest Service to Use Missoula’s Neptune Aviation Air Tankers

The U.S. Forest Service will be using aircraft from Missoula's Neptune Aviation to fight forest fires again this year.

USFS Chief Tom Tidwell announced the "legacy large airtanker exclusive-use" contracts this week

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This photo was taken in the late afternoon during the Ravalli County Fair from the East Side Highway. (Fullerton Photo)
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KLYQ’s Ravalli County News Story of 2012 – Smoke

In mid-August, the air monitor at the Ravalli County Courthouse in Hamilton reached the level "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups." It got worse during the next few weeks.

The reason - forest fires.

Forest fires in Idaho had been growing rapidly, some with massive amounts of bug-killed trees

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US Forest Firefighting Funds Not Fully Funded

Friday, a legislative admendment to restore over $600 million to the Disaster Assistance fund was rejected by the U.S. Congress.

In an Associated Press report, Senator Mark Udall of Colorado criticized the Senate's rejection of his amendment, which was co-sponsored by Montana Senator Jon Tester

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