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A helicopter at work at the Sawtooth Fire. (Bitterroot National Forest Photo)
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Sawtooth Fire Meeting is Thursday

The 4,869 acre Sawtooth Fire west of Hamilton is now 35 percent contained, and much of that containment is on the important eastern edge of the blaze - which is nearest private property.

 

The fire has been spreading farther west into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Fir

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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
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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