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Pony Forest Fire
Pony Complex forest fire is sending smoke to the Bitterroot Valley. (USFS Photo)
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Bitterroot Valley Forest Fire Smoke Coming from Boise Area

Forest fire smoke in the Bitterroot Valley is not coming from any fires on the Bitterroot National Forest. Instead, the forests southeast of Boise are full of fire and winds have brought heavy smoke into our area

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helicopter at Rough Creek Fire
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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Idaho helicopter
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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papoose fire
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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Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane (istockphoto)
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Sandhill Crane Population Causes Idaho Hunting Concern

Lower numbers of sandhill cranes has the Idaho Department of Fish and Game reducing the 2013 harvest, according to the Associated Press.

In the Pacific Flyway, more than 15,400 cranes were counted last September, versus a 3-year average of more than 17,000

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Idaho state line
Photo courtesy of J. Stephen Conn/Flickr
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Name of Montana Man Shot by Idaho Trooper Released

MULLAN, Idaho (AP) — Officials have released the name of a Montana man who was shot and killed during a struggle over a gun with an Idaho sheriff's deputy.

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forest road
A Bitterroot National Forest road. (KLYQ Photo)
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Road Work Will Temporarily Close Magruder Corridor in Wilderness

There will be times this summer when you will not be able to use the Magruder Corridor Road between Montana and Idaho.

The West Fork Ranger District, in a news release, reports that damage to the road needs to be repaired in several sections - with several culvert replacements

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Boo Boo bear
Boo-boo bear, last year. (US FWS Photo)
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Boo-Boo, the Burned Cub Bear from 2012 Forest Fires, is Released

Boo Boo is back in the wild forests of Central Idaho.

Last year, an orphaned black bear cub was found along the Salmon River during the Mustang Forest Fire. Its paws had second-degree burns and forest service personnel removed it from its perch in a tree alongside the river

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smoke in Bitterroot Valley
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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mountain snow
Snow in the backcountry. (Fullerton Photo)
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Idaho Snowpack is Looking Good

The early snowstorms have adds inches and, indeed, feet of snow to the higher elevations of the Northwest.

The Idaho Natural Resource Conservation Service in Boise reports that that northern and central Idaho are above average for this time of year

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