Saddle Fire

Saddle Complex Fire – August 26
The Saddle Complex Fire, south of Painted Rocks Reservoir, is now 22,097 acres. Of that, about 11,344 acres have burned on the Bitterroot National Forest. The fire started in wilderness on the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho.
Stage 1 Evacuation Warnings are still in effect for homes south o…
Saddle Fire Approaches Hughes Creek – Aug 25
The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office has been notifying about 50 residences in the West Fork drainage that they are under Stage 1 Evacuation orders because of the 21,000 acre Saddle Fire.
Stage 1 is a warning to homeowners to prepare to leave as quickly as possible should an evacuation be nece…
Saddle Complex Tuesday Morning – 18,275 Acres
The jump in size Monday night on the Saddle Complex of forest fires was not repeated Tuesday. The growth was small in comparison, but the blaze is still growing. As of Tuesday morning, the estimated size is 18,275 acres. A helicopter, 13 engines and over a hundred people are on the fire...
Saddle Fire Blows Up
The Saddle complex forest fire, comprised of the Saddle and Stud Fires, grew from 700 acres to over 18,000 acres with a strong wind Monday afternoon and evening.
The two fires started by lightning a week ago - the Saddle Fire in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and the smaller Stud Fi…
Roads Closed Around Saddle Complex
The 748 acre Saddle Complex of forest fires in the Salmon-Challis and Bitterroot National Forests continues to spread in every direction, causing more closures in the area.
The fire, south of the Bitterroot Valley, crept onto Bitterroot National Forest land Sunday, and now a joint operation from b…
Saddle and Stud Fires Move East
The wilderness forests fires that make up the Saddle complex in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness have grown to over 700 acres during the weekend.
The fires are being managed for resource benefits and crews are in place at Horse Creek Hot Springs, Oreana Lookout, Gattin Ranch and a sma…
Saddle Fire Keeps Growing
Idaho's Saddle Fire will soon be Montana's forest fire. The over 600 acre fire is in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness north of Shoup and south of Woods Creek Pass, near a smaller fire - the Stud Fire. The blazes will probably be pushed by prevailing wind eastward into the Bit…
Forest Fire in Idaho Coming to Montana
UPDATE - AUGUST 19 - 10:30AM
The Saddle Fire is about 600 acres in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The fire is approaching the Bitterroot National Forest with the westerly winds. The fire is being monitored for wilderness purposes...