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The smoke plume from the California Point Fire in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. (NOAA/NRL)
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Forest Fire Smoke Invades the Bitterroot Valley

A smoke plume was evident over the Bitterroot Mountains Friday afternoon and evening. The smoke is tentatively identified as the California Point Fire, which is in Idaho in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

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Gold Pan Fire
The Gold Pan Fire this week from Forest Service Air Patrol. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Fire Jumps Toward the Magruder Corridor

The Gold Pan forest fire in the Frank Church Wilderness is now over 5,000 acres and the fire has jumped the Selway River. It is moving closer to the Magruder Ranger Station and a Type 2 Fire Management Team will take over the Gold Pan and the much smaller Goat wilderness fire this weekend

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Trees torching at the Gold Pan forest fire. USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Fire Continues to Grow – Stage One Fire Restrictions are Planned

The 4,295 acre Gold Pan Fire in the Frank Church Wilderness has grown to the east in lower Gold Pan Creek and Langdon Gulch.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said a new wildfire was discovered Wednesday to the southwest of Gold Pan

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West Mullan Fire
Photo courtesy of Inciweb.org
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West Mullan Fire Winding Down – Now 75% Contained [AUDIO]

The West Mullan fire that has been burning near Superior since July 14 is now on the downhill side, after nearly a thousand personnel worked the fire and over $7 million dollars has been spent.

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Gold Pan Fire
The Gold Pan Fire smoke plume from Hells Half Acre Lookout. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Fire Moves Closer to Magruder Road in Wilderness

The Gold Pan wilderness fire is now over 3,000 acres in size and is only a quarter mile from the Magruder Corridor road between the Frank Church and the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness areas.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said the lightning-caused fire in the West Fork Ranger District has grown on the southwest corner and on the east side in lower Gold Pan Creek and Landon Gulch

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The Gold Pan Fire near Magruder Corridor. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Fire in Wilderness Sends Smoke into Bitterroot Valley

The Gold Pan Fire in the Frank Church Wilderness grew to about 2,000 acres over the weekend and sent a large column of smoke into the air and over the south end of the Bitterroot Valley.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said the fire is burning about 3 miles east of the Salmon Mountain Lookout on the West Fork Ranger District

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West Mullan Fire
photo courtesy of Inciweb.org
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West Mullan Fire – Mandatory Evacuations Lifted – Fire Over 5,000 Acres [AUDIO]

Late Friday, fire officials, along with the Mineral County Sheriff's Department, lifted the mandatory evacuations around Superior where the West Mullan fire has now reached over 5,000 acres, but is now 30% contained.

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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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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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