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Fire activity picks up on national forests; check before heading out

The West Riverside fire just east of Missoula, Mont. started burning in August. It was one of 18 wildfires burning in Montana at the time.  (Associated Press)
The West Riverside fire just east of Missoula, Mont. started burning in August. It was one of 18 wildfires burning in Montana at the time. (Associated Press)

PUBLIC LANDS — With scattered fires burning throughout the region, hunters and campgers should call ahead to Forest Service offices before heading out to national forests this week.

One friend planning a trip to Montana's Bitterroot Valley had to revise his plans when he called and learned that roads were closed to the trailhead for the lake he planned to fish.

Idaho Panhandle National Forests today are reporting that more than 70 fires hav ignited since Sept. 1 and seven lightning-caused fires are still active, ranging from 20 to more than 150 acres.

Read on for details on current fires burning on the Idaho Panhandle:

  • Birthday  Fire, 150 acres, 0% contained, located on the Selkirk Crest approximately 20 miles east of Bonners Ferry, Idaho near Smith Peak. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been requested to take over management of this fire. They are expected to take command during the evening of September 12, 2011.
  • Pineapple Fire, 26 acres, 50% contained, located 15 miles SE of Avery, Idaho.
  • Red Ives Peak Fire, 20 acres, 0% contained, located 15 miles SE of Avery, Idaho.
  • Mosquito Fire, 15 acres, 0% contained, located 18.5 miles SE of Avery, Idaho.
  • Fly Creek the Sequel Fire, 5 acres, 0% contained, located 20.5 miles SE of Avery, Idaho.
  • Calipeen Creek Fire, 1 acre, 0% contained, located 20 miles SE of Avery, Idaho.
  • Indian Dip Fire, 1 acre, 0% contained, located 20 miles SE of Avery, Idaho.
  • Wisdom Fire, 2 acres, 0% contained, located 18 miles south of St. Regis, Montana.

Find more info on road and trail closures on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests website.




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