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The Papoose Fire on July 16. (USFS Photo)
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Smoke and Flames – Forest Fire Update – Friday July 19

The largest forest fire in the area is on the Salmon-challis National Forest - the Papoose Fire (see photo). It is over 5,000 acres and is burning in steep, rocky, inaccessible areas along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

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photo courtesy of Qualsiasi/flickr.com
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Thunderstorms – Heavy Rains Headed Towards Missoula [AUDIO]

Strong weather systems from the south will bring thunderstorms with lightning, gusty winds, small hail and heavy, soaking rains. National Weather Service forecaster Corby Dickerson said the weather will be both bad news and good news.

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lightning
photo courtesy of -Qualsiasi/Flickr.com
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Monday Lightning Storm Sparks Two Small Missoula-Area Fires [AUDIO]

The Western Montana sky exploded with lightning strikes and brief, heavy rains starting at about 6:00 a.m. Monday, as a summer storm swept through the Bitterroot, Missoula, and the Blackfoot areas. The lightning sparked at least two small fires.

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Arizona Wildfire
Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
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Interagency Fire Center in Missoula Answers Questions From National Press About Arizona Wildfire Disaster [AUDIO]

19 hotshot firefighters lost their lives on Sunday after being trapped in a raging wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona, located northwest of Phoenix. The crew was caught as the fire quickly changed direction and they were forced to deploy their portable fire shelters, but perished in the flames.

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sawtooth fire 2012
Smoke during last year's Sawtooth forest fire. (KLYQ Photo)
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Montana’s Wildfire Season Expected to be ‘Significant’

The summer wildfire season is expected to be at least as bad as last year, according to officials with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

The center noted recent precipitation and cooler temperatures have delayed by several weeks the start of the fire season in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana

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controlled burn
photo by Peter Christian
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Prescribed Burns Planned for Bitterroot National Forest Starting Tuesday [AUDIO]

Warmer weather is allowing the Bitterroot National Forest to continue it's spring prescribed burning program.

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Idaho pack bridge
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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fire pix
photo courtesy of inciweb.org
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Montana’s Fire Season Draws to a Close [AUDIO]

Montana’s fire season will officially end at midnight tonight.

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Map courtesy Missoula City/County Health Dep't.
Map courtesy Missoula City/County Health Dep't.
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Another Smoky Day

Smoke continues to move into Western Montana from Idaho fires.

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photo courtesy of Ed Bierman/flickr.com
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Missoula Air Quality Unhealthy [AUDIO]

As anyone who has spent any time outside on Monday, it's immediately apparent that wildfire smoke is especially bad in the Missoula valley.

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