The Cedar Fire in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness has been growing over the past week, sending smoke into the Bitterroot Valley and Missoula Valley.

An aerial photo of the fire Sunday afternoon, July 31, also included the initial blow-up of the Roaring Lion Fire in the Bitterroot Valley. The photo is shot from the north, looking generally southeast. The closest smoke in the picture is the Cedar Fire, which grew to over 1,300 acres that day. In the background, the Lion roars.

By the way, the Cedar fire is now 2,364 acres and the lightning caused fire is 11 miles south of the Powell Ranger Station, about 23 miles away from the Bitterroot Valley.

Jeannette Dreadfulwater of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests reported the Cedar fire making runs in the wind this week.

Forest trails #6 and #30 are closed, road #358 is closed and a portion of trail #45 is closed.

The current fire danger in the Powell area is Very High, Dreadfulwater reported. For more information, call (208) 942-3113.