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Bitterroot National Forest

Montana Wildfire Roundup For July 11, 2016

Jul 11, 2016
Firefighter watches a tree torch on July 9, 2016.
Inciweb
Observation Fire spreads to Lost Horse area in the Bitterroot.
InciWeb

Wildfire conditions can change in an instant. The Observation Fire burning about 10 miles southwest of Hamilton in the Bitterroot National Forest is a perfect example.

A new road/area closure order was expanded Monday evening to include Lost Creek Horse Road from the junction with Lick Creek Road west to Twin Lakes, Schumaker Campground and Bear Creek Pass trailhead. The closures are for firefighter and public safety.
Bitterroot National Forest

A wildfire burning in Bitterroot National Forest has grown to over 300 acres. Most of the activity on the 322 acre Observation Point Fire is reported on its northwest flank. It’s burning in extremely steep and rugged terrain.

'Field Notes:' Reflections On Knowing A Wild Place

Jun 17, 2016
Allison de Jong

Montana has so much to offer for those who love wild places, and I’ve spent much of my time here exploring all the new spots I can in our lovely state. Yet there are a few places that I find myself returning to again and again. My favorite may be Glen Lakes in the Bitterroots.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 28, 2015

Aug 28, 2015
A view of the Little Joe Fire from Thursday, August 27, 2015.
Inciweb

Stage 2 fire restrictions went into effect in the Missoula area today. The restrictions apply to public and private lands in Missoula, Mineral, Sanders, Granite and Ravalli counties, including the Lolo and Bitterroot National Forests, BLM and state lands.

The Scotty Brown Fire, seen on August 11, 2015.
Inciweb

A Type-II incident management team has taken over command on the Thompson Fire burning in Glacier National Park about 15 miles east of the the West Glacier entrance. The fire started August 9, and has already burned an estimated 14,900 acres as of Thursday morning. The Thompson fire is 0 percent contained at this time.

The Reynolds Creek Fire seen from Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park
Courtesy Jan von Lehe

Updated 5:20 p.m. In addition to the 2,000 acre Reynolds Creek fire in Glacier National Park, at least two other wildfires are burning in western Montana, including the 2,500 acre Cabin Gulch fire on the Helena National Forest, and the 163 acre Rock Point fire on the Bitterroot National Forest.

Lake Como on a fall day.
U.S. Forest Service Northern Region (CC-BY-2)

The Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor has signed-off on a project to thin over 2,200 acres on the Darby Ranger District between Lake Como and Lost Horse Canyon.

Fire fighters building fire line.
BLM (PD)

At least seven new lighting-caused fires on the Bitterroot National Forest are small and manageable thanks to quick initial attack by fire crews.

Forest spokesman Tod McKay says thunderstorms produced 175 confirmed lighting strikes in the Bitterroot and Missoula areas Monday night.

From Where Roads Will Never Reach: Wilderness and Its Visionaries in the Northern Rockies, by Frederick H. Swanson ($24.95 softcover, ©2015 University of Utah Press)

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