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ditch fire
The Ditch and Goat Fires a few days ago, before they merged. (Tim Schaeffer Photo)
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Other Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Fires Grow – Monday Afternoon

There are quite a few fires burning in the Selway.

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queen fire
The Queen Fire in Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness last week. (Kevin Barger Photo)
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Bitterroot Smoke Lingers On – August 20

The smoke has reached "Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons" at times in the Bitterroot Valley, which means those with asthma and other breathing or heart conditions should avoid extended strenuous activities

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mustang fire
The Mustang Fire at the edge of the Salmon River. (USFS Photo)
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Sunday Smoke – Fire Update August 19

Sunday morning dawned hot and smoky in the Bitterroot Valley.

Smoke settled along the Bitterroot Mountains and Sapphire Mountains as Idaho forest fires increased their size Saturday. The Bitterroot National Forest is at Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, but there are no new fires to report this morning

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trucks at halstead
Palominas and Rio Tico trucks at Casino Creek, Idaho. (USFS Photo)
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Forest Fire Update – August 18

Crews expecting more hot weather.

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valley smoke
Smoke from the area of the Mustang Complex. (Sandy Nelson Photo)
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Valley Smoke Returns – August 16

A couple of days without smoke, and now it's back.

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cedar fire
The Cedar 7 Fire moved east in the afternoon August 14. (USFS Photo)
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Fires and Smoke – Wednesday August 15 Update

Smoke last evening in the Bitterroot Valley mainly came from the Cedar 7 Fire, burning in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.

The fire was about a thousand acres Tuesday morning, but was pushed to the east in the afternoon heat and wind

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smoke
Forest fire smoke in the Bitterroot Valley. (KLYQ Photo)
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Bitterroot National Forest Imposes Restrictions – More Fires

Air quality has been dropping in the Bitterroot.

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sleeping child fire
Looking north up the ridge from Sleeping Child Road. (KLYQ Photo)
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Sleeping Child Fire – A Close Call

As in any recently burned area, you can smell the ashes.

The Sleeping Child Fire burned grass, brush and trees when lightning started it Wednesday evening. The fire began at the mouth of the canyon and spread quickly along the ridge, toward houses on either side

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sleeping child fire
The fire at Sleeping Child Creek south of Hamilton burned over 200 acres Wednesday. (KLYQ Photo)
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Thunderstorms Create Havoc in Bitterroot Valley

A lightning strike caused a grass and forest fire south of Hamilton on the ridge between Sleeping Child and Skalkaho drainages Wednesday evening. The fire has been contained at about 240 acres and no homes were burned

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forest fire
Trees ignite on the ridge between Sleeping Child Creek and Skalkaho Creek, south of Hamilton. (KLYQ Photo)
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Lightning Strike Starts Fire Near Hamilton

Lightning causes fires in the Bitterroot Valley.

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