Bitterroot Valley Smoke Continues to Come from Wilderness
The Moose forest fire in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness continues to send smoke into the Bitterroot Valley in the Hamilton-Corvallis-Victor area generally. The fire, last estimated at over 3,000 acres, is burning in Idaho's Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and, along with the Cedar Fire, is about 10 miles west of the Bitterroot National Forest border. However, westerly winds are sending smoke generally through the Blodgett and Mill Creek canyons.
In the Bitterroot, the Roaring Lion Fire has now burned 8,520 acres as of Tuesday morning, August 23, and has been active during the Monday afternoon winds. The active parts of the fire have been the Ward Bowl, in the top part of Ward Mountain, but have posed no real threat to the containment lines. Helicopters and Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) will again drop water and retardant on hotspots on Ward Mountain and and at fires up the Sawtooth Canyon. The fire has cost nearly $10 million to fight.