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New Wildfire Starts in Bitterroot National Forest

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HAMILTON - A lightning-caused wildfire is burning in a remote area in the Frank Church Wilderness of the Bitterroot National Forest.

Public Information Officer Tod McKay said the 10-acre Gold Pan Fire was discovered earlier this week by air patrol.

The fire is located west of the Selway River and Magruder Ranger Station about one-mile southwest of Kim Creek Saddle. It is burning in timber in rugged and steep terrain.

There are no closures at this time, but McKay said forest officials are asking the public to be extremely careful when camping. They ask that you properly maintain and put out your campfires.

The Bitterroot National Forest recently increased its fire danger to "high" as a result of the much warmer and drier weather. Also, Ravalli County is currently restricting all open burning including debris piles, and slash fires.

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