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Traildoggie
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PostMon Sep 10, 2007 1:56 pm 
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I couldn't  find any reports   but we're planning on going there in two weeks and are  looking for info regarding smoke levels in the wilderness? fires are all in the surrounding forests but ??  Anyone  have any experience?
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PostMon Sep 10, 2007 2:40 pm 
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I'll be there in two weeks as well. The fire near Sun Valley seems to be under control. I have not heard about any fires in the Sawtooths. Perhaps one of our Idaho members will chime in. I did have good luck calling the Ranger Office in Stanley last year. Hard to find the numbers on their website but I tracked them down.
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Sawtooth NRA... Sara Baldwin, Area Ranger, HC 64, Box 8291, Ketchum, ID

83340, 208-727-5000, Fax: 208-727-5029
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Stanley Office… Joe Harper, Deputy Area Ranger, HC 64, Box 9900, Stanley,

ID  83278, 208-774-3000, Fax: 208-774-3003

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PostMon Sep 10, 2007 8:07 pm 
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I was up in the Selway-Bitteroot on Labor Day and visibility was 2 miles. Be sure that you check conditions for smoke up there.

Selway-Bitteroot Wilderness=smoke
http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7962143


By the way, there may be snow up at that elevation in Sept.
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PostTue Sep 11, 2007 11:38 am 
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Thanks for the number. I  called the RS there &   the issue is intermittent smoke. some days are fine, others are not.  In fact, most days are fine  but there's no predicting. there are no fires in the sawtooths themselves but in  several of the surrounding national forests.  so we're not sure.
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PostWed Sep 12, 2007 8:54 am 
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Just got back from there.  Heavy rain on Wed. 9/5 almost put out the Ketchum fire.  We had crystal clear weather for two days.  Then on Sat. light drift smoke came in from the NW.  Views up high were mutted some but still so very beautiful.  The smell of smoke is light but constant--- I love that smell.  Stars were excellent, better than here in Roslyn even through the smoke.  I don't think it should stop you, should only imrove with the longer colder nights effect on the fires.
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PostWed Sep 12, 2007 11:10 am 
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Hey, all you guys,,, WHERES THE BLOODY PICTURES?

Except you James......
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PostWed Sep 12, 2007 7:41 pm 
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The smoke is no more in Ketchum (Castle Rock Fire is out) but the Stanley basin is still getting smoke - family in Ketchum was just up there but said it was OK.

Where are you headed?
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PostThu Sep 13, 2007 10:21 am 
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Not sure exactly. we're supposed to do a short backpack in Glacier NP  but the weather is looking iffy.   then   down to idaho. If the first backpack doesn't work we'll look for something in the sawtooths.  we want to do a  dayhike or two also.  we were going to stay in the salmon area.  But if it's smoky or raining  we'll  adjust our itinerary.  nothing definite.
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PostFri Sep 14, 2007 11:09 pm 
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Dude! Where's the Trip Report?

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