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Bitterroot National Forest

The Bitterroot National Forest Tuesday re-opened the objection period for mountain bikes in wilderness study areas, following a court order to do so.

A handful of backcountry mountain bike, snowmobile and off-roading advocate groups filed a lawsuit challenging the Bitterroot Travel Plan.

The final plan closed roughly 62 miles of trails to mountain bikes in the Sapphire and Blue Joint Wilderness Study Areas that weren’t part of the initial draft plan, and therefore were not subject to public comment. The Forest’s 2016 travel plan remains in place.

Map of the Howe Ridge Fire perimeter, September 20, 2018.
Inciweb

As Montana's fire season winds to a close, crews are closing-in on the handful of fires still burning across Western Montana.

Controlled burn in the Bitterroot National Forest.
Bitterroot National Forest

Federal land managers are planning controlled burns in the Bitterroot and Blackfoot Valleys.

The Bitterroot National Forest is planning to start prescribed burning projects as early as this week, depending on weather. Fire managers plan to burn 2,200 acres this fall.

Fire danger sign.
Josh Burnham

Glacier National Park lifted evacuation warnings for portions of the park on Tuesday.

Recent rainfall has moderated activity on the Howe Ridge Fire, burning on the northwest side of Lake McDonald.

The view toward Glacier Park's Stanton Mountain obscured by smoke, with Lake McDonald in the foreground, August 21, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet


In Glacier National Park the Howe Ridge Fire is now estimated at more than 11,000 acres. Despite continued growth, though, fire managers say they’re making good progress shoring up protections along Going-To-The-Sun Road.

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