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A new forest fire, the Bell Point fire, has been added to the Powell SBW Complex west of the Bitterroot Valley. (USFS Photo)
A new forest fire, the Bell Point fire, has been added to the Powell SBW Complex west of the Bitterroot Valley. (USFS Photo)
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Smoke and Fire Update – Monday September 3

It depends on where you are.

 

During the day Monday September 3, the Air Quality Monitor at the Ravalli County Courthouse in Hamilton registered hourly levels of “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” and even “Moderate” in the late afternoon. The

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photo courtesy of neuroticcamel/flickr.com
photo courtesy of neuroticcamel/flickr.com
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Mustang Fire Causes Closures in Bitterroot Forest [AUDIO]

The Bitterroot National Forest is implementing an “emergency area closure” on the West Fork Ranger District due to expected future fire behavior from the Mustang Fire burning on the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho. The lightning caused fire has grown to more than 196,000 acres, some of which (approx. 3,000 acres) has burned on the Montana side of the divide on the Bitterroot NF.

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Forest Service Firefighter Anne Veseth. (Photo courtesy of Veseth family)
Forest Service Firefighter Anne Veseth. (Photo courtesy of Veseth family)
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Firefighter Killed In Idaho Forest Fire

The US Forest Service has identified a firefighter killed in an Idaho wildfire Sunday as Anne Veseth, age 20, a seasonal firefighter for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.

 

Veseth, as native of Moscow, Idaho and a sophomore at Lewis and Clark State College In Lewiston, was apparently struck by a falling tree or debris. The

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photo courtesy of iStockphotothinkstock.com
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Fire Season Hits Western Montana [AUDIO]

Lolo National Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig says ‘Fire Season has come to Western Montana’, and he has two rapidly growing fires to prove it. The Butler Fire has doubled in size to over 80 acres in the last 24 hours as it burns a few miles from Frenchtown Pond.

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photo courtesy of iStockphoto/thinkstock.com
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Nine New Lightning Fires in Bitterroot Forest [AUDIO]

Recent lightning storms that brought an estimated 3500 lightning strikes in the Bitterroot National Forest area have resulted in at least nine new wildfires, as of Sunday afternoon. Forest spokesman Tod McKay says his office has received hundreds of calls from concerned people about seeing smoke in the forest, most of which are referring to the nine fires than have been confirmed.

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photo courtesy of Bitterroot National Forest
photo courtesy of Bitterroot National Forest
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Storm Sparks Three New Fires in Bitterroot Forest

Firefighters are currently on the scene of three new lightning caused wildfires burning in the Bitterroot National Forest. All of the fires were discovered this afternoon and were likely started by lightning from last night’s dry thunderstorms. Two firefighters were flown in by helicopter to one of the more remote fires burning on the West Fork Ranger District northwest of Bare Cone Lookout near Watchtower trailhead. All of the fires are currently less than one acre in size.

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Category: Missoula News
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Photo courtesy of Flickr/catherinetodd2
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Montana a Target For Al Qaeda Terrorist Plot [VIDEO]

 

The Al Qaeda regime has requested assistance from supporters to set fire to the forests in Montana. This according to the popular terror online magazine known as ‘Inspire.’ On the website, a column writer goes into extensive detail on how to create what are known as ‘ember bombs’ and recommends that followers set their targets on the residents of Montana, as well as various other densely populated forest areas in America.

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The charred area left by the Bear Trap Fire. (USFS Photo)
The charred area left by the Bear Trap Fire. (USFS Photo)
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Bear Trap Fire Indicates Dry Forests

The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and other agencies fought one of the first Montana forest fires of the year this weekend.

The 105-acre Bear Trap Fire at the confluence of the Madison River and Bear Trap Creek was started by an escaped campfire Saturday.

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