View Full Version : There are some forest fires out there......

Ken Fitzgerald
09-18-2012, 8:57 AM
We live in Lewiston, Idaho at the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers. The Clearwater River begins near Lolo Pass on the Montana/Idaho border where Lewis and Clark began their crossing of the Bitterroot range of the Rocky Mountains. It starts as as small stream; becomes the Lochsa River; is joined by the Selway River to become the middle fork of the Clearwater River. It then is joined by the south and north forks of the Clearwater River.

The river flows through a tight little canyon with mountain ridges on either either side. At times the canyon is less than a mile wide.

For weeks the canyon at home was filled with smoke from forest fires in the surrounding area. We began a drive in Lewiston and approximately 750 miles later we broke out of the smoke. We drove acoss the panhandle of Idaho, acoss Montana and were about 40 miles outside Gillette, Wyoming when we cleared the smoke.

How smokey was it?


There was one 70 mile stretch along US-12 between Lowell, ID and the summit of Lolo Pass that the forest service had all pull off areas blocked with orange cones...signs telling everyone to use your headlights...all exits from US-12 were blocked. In short, they didn't want you stopping in those areas. There are a lot of pull off areas along this section of the Lochsa (pronounced Locksaw) as it is famous for it's native western cutthroat trout and native steelhead which are running right now........

Steve Rozmiarek
09-18-2012, 5:23 PM
It's been a terrible year for that here too. Our country is not nearly as beautiful as yours, but a couple weeks ago 160,000 plus acres of forest and another 50,000 or so of prairie burned in western Nebraska. Getting pretty tired of hot and smokey weather.

Craig D Peltier
09-19-2012, 11:42 AM
Over in the Cascades this weekend on our hike you could smell it in the air and see it all settled in the mountains that blew in from E Washington. Think there is 84 sq miles burning here still. No rain for 60 days on the Eastside, its probably more over the mtns.

Brian Brown
09-19-2012, 6:42 PM
Yea, Ken it's horrible down here too. Bad for breathing, and very bad for business. Hard to take pictures now outside, and really bad from an aircraft. It is not always as bad as your pics show, but sometimes. It comes in waves, and I'm officially tired of it.