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Public Asked to Assist in Search for Missing Hiker Ryan Silsby

Ryan Silsby went camping in the woods outside Hamilton more than two weeks ago and hasn't been seen since. Ryan is a 25-year-old from Missoula.

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One of the mudslides on the Magruder Road. (BNF/USFS Photo)
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Mudslides Close the Magruder Corridor Road

This week's thunderstorms caused three large mudslides on the Magruder Corridor Road between the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness areas.

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The Gold Pan Fire July 18. (USFS Photo)
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Two New Forest Fires Erupt in the Wilderness Areas

Of the fires popping up from recent lightning storms, two are of note to Bitterroot Valley residents.

Many people saw smoke drifting into the valley from the California Point Fire on the north end of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

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Bitterroot National Forest road. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Forest Service Culvert Work Will Close Magruder Road Temporarily

The Magruder Corridor Road between the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness will be closed July 23 and July 25 to allow removal of two culverts.

According to Joni Lubke of the Bitterroot National Forest, the two culverts on Shovel Creek are not expected to handle the drainage of areas burned last fall

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The Warm Springs Pack Bridge in Idaho, during fire season 2012. (USFS Photo)
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Idaho Legislature Wants Wilderness Trails Repaired

In the Idaho Legislature, representatives want some help from the U.S. Forest Service to clean up trails damaged by wildfires in wilderness areas.

The Idaho House of Representatives Resources and conservation Committee has brought forward a resolution specifically for the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness

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The Ditch and Goat Fires a few days ago, before they merged. (Tim Schaeffer Photo)
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Other Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Fires Grow – Monday Afternoon

There are quite a few fires burning in the Selway.

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Smoke from the area of the Mustang Complex. (Sandy Nelson Photo)
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Valley Smoke Returns – August 16

A couple of days without smoke, and now it's back.

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White Cap Bridge (USFS Photo)
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Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness bridge closed

The pack bridge is visibly damaged.

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Tin Cup Lake and dam (USDA Forest Service file photo)
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More Dam Work Ahead

Workers will be repairing the Tin Cup Dam, a 1906 structure in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness west of Darby, Montana.
Crews will start the project August 1st and will repair the embankment and modify the dam's spillway

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Paradise Is A Little Farther Away

Sections of the Nez Perce Trail Road and Forest Road #6223 will be closed beginning August 8th so that the Indian Creek Bridge can be replaced.
Bitterroot National Forest Public Affairs Officer Tod McKay said that the closure should last about two weeks, with some minor delays for another two weeks

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