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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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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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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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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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A late afternoon smoke column from Idaho's Halstead Fire. (USFS Photo)
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Winds Blowing Smoke Our Way

Where there's fire, there's smoke....

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Fern Forest Fire on Sunday Aug. 5. (Mike Goicoecha Photo)
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Idaho Wilderness Fire Gets Larger and Smokier

The Powell SBW East Complex forest fire contains the Fern and Hidden Fires in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness (SBW).

The fire started in the lightning storms the weekend of July 29th and has grown this past weekend to over 650 acres

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The Salamander Forest Fire on Salamander Ridge in the wilderness. (USFS Photo)
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Selway-Bitterroot Fire Update – Monday August 6

Bitterroot National Forest officials are monitoring the Salamander forest fire in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness on the West Fork Ranger District.

The fire started from lightning strikes July 21 and is at least 200 acres in size, but is not threatening any structures

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Fire crews unrolling hose along the fireline. (USFS Photo)
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Chrandal Creek and Other Forest Fires – Monday July 30

Lots of lightning ignite some new fires.

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photoi courtesy of swift benjamin/flickr.com
photoi courtesy of swift benjamin/flickr.com
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Forest Service Working on Two Small Fires

Missoula Rural Assistant Chief Tom Ziegler says the U. S. Forest Service and Department of Natural Resources and Conservation are working on to small fires in the Missoula area. One fire near the Blue Mountain recreation area was burning in rugged terrain where there are no roads of trails, so helicopters have been making water drops on the fire.

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A look from the air at beetle-killed trees in the vicinity of the Chrandal Fire. (USFS Photo)
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Chrandal Fire – Monday July 16 Morning Update

The weather helped firefighters this weekend.

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