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Update – Firefighters Protect Historic Blue Mountain Fire Lookout [AUDIO]

UPDATE - All evacuation orders have been lifted for residents in the Lolo Creek Complex.
Fire Information Officer Dixie Dees with KGVO's Peter Christian

About 11 miles up a winding mountain road, far above the smoke of the Lolo Creek Complex, the historic Blue Mountain lookout watches over a huge area of Western Montana. The tower is still several miles from the northern edge of the fire, but officials are taking the extra steps to protect the wooden structure, just in case the fire might reach the summit.

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Lolo Fire northern edge
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Update – Northern Edge of Lolo Creek Complex Sends Up Huge Plume of Smoke [AUDIO]

UPDATE - Saturday, August 24 5:30 p.m.

The plume of smoke rising from the Lolo Creek Complex is coming from the northern edge of the fire.

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State Insurance Commissioner – Wildfire Damage Covered [AUDIO]

The Lolo Creek Complex has already claimed five homes and several outbuildings up Highway 12, and over 1,200 homes were served earlier this week with pre-evacuation notices. Homeowners are concerned as to whether or not their insurance will cover damage caused by a wildfire.

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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 Pan Complex
photo courtesy of Inciweb
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Gold Pan Fire Update – Balls of Fire Used to Fight Giant Blaze [AUDIO]

The Gold Pan complex continues to burn in the Frank Church, River of No Return Wilderness just over the Montana border in Idaho. Firefighters are utilizing a seldom-used method to help fight the fire.

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Gold Pan Fire burnout
A planned burnout on the Gold Pan Fire Wednesday. (USFS Photo)
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West Fork Meeting Planned Saturday August 10 for Gold Pan Fire

West Fork area residents will be updated on the Gold Pan forest fire Saturday afternoon, August 10, at 2 p.m. at the fire's incident command post. The meeting will be at the Scripps Yonder Ranch on the Nez Perce Road about 4 miles west of the West Fork Ranger Station

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Firestone Flats Fire
Photo courtesy of Fire Photography
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Firestone Flats Fire Holding at 1750 Acres – $1.2 Million Spent So Far [AUDIO]

Firefighters are making excellent progress on the Firestone Flats Fire on the Flathead Reservation, holding the fire at 1,750 acres.

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Gold Pan 2013
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Gold Pan Complex Tops 13,000 Acres – Fire Season Just Starting [AUDIO]

The Gold Pan Fire Complex currently burning in wilderness areas about 35 miles southwest of Darby was very active on Tuesday, growing by almost 2,000 acres to over 13,000 acres.

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gold Pan Fire
The Gold Pan Fire, viewed from the Magruder Road Sunday. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Fire is Over 11,000 Acres – Moose Meadows is over 2,200

The Gold Pan forest fire, on the West Fork Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest, was estimated at over 11,628 acres Monday morning.

The Magruder Road is closed from Nez Perce Pass to Observation Pass in Idaho.

The fire in

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West Mullan Fire
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West Mullan Fire 60% Contained – $7 Million Spent So Far [AUDIO]

Tuesday was a good day for firefighters battling the West Mullan Fire near Superior. Fire Information Officer Pat McKelvey said late Tuesday that the fire is now about 60% contained.

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