Forest officials expect more smoke from the 41 Complex forest fire later this week, as another few days of 80-degree temperatures are predicted for the Bitterroot Valley. The valley air has been much easier to breathe this past weekend
The smoke is making is hard for residents to see the fires surrounding the Bitterroot valley.
A couple of thunderstorm cells grew during the afternoon Wednesday over the Sapphire Mountains in the vicinity of the Fox Peak Fire and then moved off to the east
The amount of smoke increased from a couple of burnouts on the Up Top Fire, part of the 41 Complex forest fire in Sapphire Mountains east of Hamilton. The Up Top Fire has been creeping down into Saint Clair Creek and a second contingency fire line has been constructed on private lands to the west of the fire, which is almost 7,000 acres as of Sunday evening
The air quality in the Bitterroot Valley was "Unhealthy" Thursday Sept 8. The air is measured at a site in downtown Hamilton by the folks at Ravalli County Environmental Health. They expect the unhealthy levels will continue for at least another week, since the weather pattern shows no sign of changing
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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