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Saddle Fire smoke (US Forest Service Photo)
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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

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A view of the southern edge of the Saddle Fire from Idaho's Oreana Lookout webcam.
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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 necessary

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During the Saddle Complex blowup Monday evening. KLYQ Photo taken from Hamilton - many miles away.
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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

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The Saddle fire cloud Monday evening north of North Fork, Idaho. (Bob Worrell Photo)
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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 Fire in the Salmon-Challis National Forest

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A view this weekend of the Stud Fire, part of the Saddle Complex in the wilderness. (US Forest Service Photo)
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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 both forests is managing the fire

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A hot spot in the Saddle Fire from last week. (US Forest Service photo)
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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 small mine in the Horse Creek drainage for possible structure protection

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The Saddle Fire was pushed by wind to the west. (US Forest Service Photo)
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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

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The view of the Saddle Fire in Idaho from Hamilton, MT. The wind is blowing to the west. (KLYQ Photo)
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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 bei

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