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Firestone Flats
photo by David King
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Prescribed Burning Planned For Wednesday and Thursday [AUDIO]

Weather permitting, the Nine Mile Ranger District is planning two prescribed burns for Wednesday and Thursday, October 8 and 9. 

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West Alder Fire
photo courtesy of Lolo National Forest
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West Alder Fire Burning Near Rock Creek [AUDIO]

Firefighters are responding to a lightning caused fire on Saturday not far from the Bitterroot Flat Campground in the Missoula Ranger District.

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Missoula Rural Fire
photo courtesy of Missoula Rural Fire
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Small Fires Near Nine-Mile and Clinton Keep Crews Busy [AUDIO]

Two separate wildfires were discovered in the Nine Mile area west of Missoula and near Clinton, east of Missoula on Thursday.

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Fire
photo courtesy of Darlene Richards
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Smoke West of Missoula From Prescribed Burns [AUDIO]

Smoke visible coming from west of Missoula is the result of several prescribed burns being conducted by the Nine Mile Ranger District.

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Grass Fire
Photo by Peter Christian
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Updated – Grass Fire Started by Lightning Hitting Power Line [AUDIO]

UPDATE - Saturday, August 31, 10:30 a.m.

According to a news release from the Missoula City Fire Department, the grass fire Friday night was caused by a lightning strike that struck a Northwest Energy power line. It appears that the lightning struck a cross member near the top of the pole and caught fire, dropping embers to the ground, catching the grass on fire.

The fire is estimated to be about 80 acres in size, and was 100% contained, however, crews will remain on the scene throughout the day to mop up any hot spots.

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Schoolhouse Fire
photo by Peter Christian
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Schoolhouse – West Fork Fires Putting Up Smoke Visible in Missoula [AUDIO]

The Schoolhouse Fire burning near Highway 12 about 20 miles from Lolo is putting up smoke that is visible from Missoula.

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Gold Creek cabin
photo courtesy of Jess Secrest/Inciweb.org
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Gold Creek Fire East of Missoula Now 40% Contained [AUDIO]

The Gold Creek Fire, burning about 15 miles northeast of Missoula is holding steady at about 175 acres, and has been declared 40% contained.

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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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wildfire
photo courtesy of inciweb.org
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Lightning Fire Burning in Wilderness Near Gold Creek Northeast of Missoula

Inciweb reports that firefighters are responding to a new fire approximately 17 miles northeast of Missoula and three miles east of Boulder Lake in the Gold Creek area on the Missoula Ranger District.

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West Mullan Fire
photo courtesy of KECI-TV/NBC Montana
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UPDATE – More Evacuations Ordered in West Mullan Fire Near Superior [AUDIO]

UPDATE - Tuesday, July 16, 8:00 a.m.

Movement by the West Mullan Fire burning not far from Superior has caused more evacuations, according to fire information officer Pat McKelvey.

"There were some more evacuations ordered overnight in the West Mullan Road area," McKelvey said. "The fire burned down the slope towards those homes."

McKelvey said traffic is becoming a problem on I-90.

"Everybody wants to see the fire, see the helicopters working the area, and people are stopping on the side of the road  creating a traffic hazard," McKelvey said. "The Highway Patrol is being very aggressive in keeping people from stopping along the highway, so please don't do that."
Fire Information Officer Pat McKelvey

The fire is still at about 700 acres.

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