The Bowles Creek fire burning 3 miles west of Skalkaho Pass has grown to 3,559 acres. The blaze is 5% contained, according to fire officials.
Fire activity is expected to increase with wind gusts of up to 26 miles per hour and a high temperature of 80 degrees predicted on Thursday by the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to warm into the mid- and upper 80s into the weekend.
Highway 38 (Skalkaho Road) remains open, however, travelers should be aware of increased traffic from fire vehicles. Officials ask that those recreating or traveling in the fire area be aware of the situation, slow down, and yield to fire vehicles and equipment.
Forest Service photo by Matt Plagenz
The fire is manned by one helicopter, five hand crews and four engines for a total of 231 personnel. The fire is burning in steep terrain on both the Bitterroot and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National forests. No structures are threatened at this time.
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