As predicted, forest fire smoke is being brought to the valley by afternoon winds.

Friday afternoon, the south end of the Bitterroot Valley was invaded by a huge volume of smoke from wilderness forest fires, including the Gold Pan Complex.

A view from above - a geostationary weather satellite - caught the plume. In the photo, you can see the state lines Washington, Idaho and, on the right side of the photo, Montana. The edge of Montana includes Ravalli County. There is a smoke plume that grew through the afternoon. Smoke is coming from fires farther out in Idaho wilderness areas, but also, right on the border, from the Gold Pan Complex.