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Friday
Jul012016

New fires start in SW Montana

U.S.F.S. photo (ENNIS)- Fire crews are attacking two new fire starts in the Gravely Range which were spotted on Thursday. 

The Pole and Fine fires are within one mile of each other and are believed to have started from a lightning strike during a passing thunderstorm. 

The fires are burning in stands and standing timber south of Ennis near the crest of the Northern Gravely Range. The Forest Service says crews have good access to reach the fire. The fires have consumed about 8-acres. 

The road system along the ridge opens today, and the Forest Service says F.S. Road 290, the Gravely Ridge Road is open, although it's near the fires. The agency says there's a potential for partial road closures on the section from Crockett Lake to Warm Springs Junction if the fire grows. 

Wednesday
Sep302015

Warm weather generating new fire activity in Western MT

Bear Creek Fire- USFS photo(MISSOULA)- The dry, warm weather of the past few days is generating some additional activity on fires still burning from August's lightning storms.

While most of last month's fires are out, a few are still showing fire activity as the drought continues.

In the Missoula Valley Tuesday afternoon, new smoke could be seen coming from the West Fish Creek Fire, burning west of Alberton south of the Clark Fork Valley. Lolo National Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig says the warm conditions was causing some additional burning around the perimeter of the blaze, which has burned nearly 12,000 acres. But Hartwig says there are no evacuations or additional hazards. 

Other fires, including the Little Joe near St. Regis, the Selway Complex, Motorway Complex and Lochsa South Complex fires burning in Idaho are also still active and kicking up some smoke over the region. 

Several large fires in Northwest Montana, such as the Thompson-Divide Complex on the south side of Glacier National Park, and the Bear Creek Fire in the Bob Marshall Wilderness are also still burning and being monitored. 

Sunday
Sep062015

Inch of rain, snow, make all the difference on Glacier fires

Snow blankets high country above Thompson Divide fires- Jonathan Moor photo(MISSOULA)- More than an inch of rain, along with high country snow, are helping to squelch three of the largest blazes from this fire season, burning along the southern edge of Glacier National Park. 

Fire managers report the Thompson-Divide Complex fires are now 72% contained. The complex initially started with the Thompson Fire in the Nyack backcountry, which burned almost 19,000-acres. The Sheep Fire, which was burning south of U.S. 2 in the Flathead National Forest, consumed more than 2000-acres and threatened Essex during the height of that fire two weeks ago. The Granite Fire burned almost 1,000-acres, also on National Forest Land. 

Now, fire managers say the cool, wet weather has helped tremendously, and they've been able to contain almost three-fourths of the fires' perimeters. There are no more restrictions on travel along Highway 2, or evacuation orders in place. 

A Northern Rockies Type 2 team is demobilizing on the fires today, and will turn management over to a Type 3 team that will be stationed at Hungry Horse and will continue to monitor the three fires. 

Monday
Aug312015

More help being brought in for dangerous fire on The Front 

USFS photo (HEART BUTTE)- The Forest Service is bringing in more equipment and manpower to tackle the dangerous Spotted Eagle Fire, which has now consumed over 50-thousand acres along the Rocky Mountain Fire.

The lightning-caused fire blew up on Friday, forcing the evacuation of Heart Butte and surrounding farms and ranches, with about 1-hundred 75-people displaced from their homes. Pre-evacuation notices have also been given for the Birch Creek area near Swift Reservoir. 

The Forest Service says smokejumpers, more hotshot crews, engines and helicopter were arriving on scene today, expecting to encounter more strong winds. Winds up to 40-miles per hour have been pushing the fire east in critical fire weather conditions. The winds have also prevented more burnout operations to slow the advance of the flames. 

A community meeting has been tentatively set for sometime Thursday in Choteau. 

Crews are also dealing with the adjacent Moose Ridge and Sheep Mountain fires to the south. Roads and trails throughout the area have been closed. 

Saturday
Aug292015

Crews almost done with Essex fire break against Sheep Fire

A helicopter navigates through smoke at the Thompson Divide Complex Saturday- Jonathan Moor photo(ESSEX)- Fire crews have nearly completed construction of a fire break around the small community of Essex, in an effort to save the town from burning because of the stubborn Sheep Fire.

Meanwhile, evacuations for area residents remain in place, and U.S. 2 remains closed to through traffic around the southern end of Glacier National Park. 

The Sheep Fire was slowed somewhat Saturday by heavy smoke that blanketed the area. Still, it has burned over 1500 acres and continues to threaten more than 200 structures in Essex, as well the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad line. None of the fire has been contained as of Saturday evening. 

Smoke also limited helicopter water drops Saturday, but the cold front that moved through the Northern Rockies didn't produce the strong winds that firefighters had been worried about. Evacuees are being sheltered in West Glacier. 

Meanwhile, the other fires in the Thompson Divide Complex continue to burn. There's no containment on the 700-acre Granite Fire. However, the first fire in the complex, the Thompson Fire, burning in the Nyack backcountry, is now 20% contained. 

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