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Wildfire, fire management and air quality news for western Montana and the northern Rockies.
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Wildfire, fire management and air quality news for western Montana and the northern Rockies.

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Rep. Nancy Ballance Talks Taxes, Budget Projections And Medicaid Expansion

3/4/2019
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Rep. Nancy Ballance , a Republican from Hamilton, has served as a chair of the House Appropriations Committee in Montana’s Legislature since 2015. The committee is tasked with building a balanced budget for the state, which is the only legal requirement of the lawmaking body. Ballance is a former insurance executive, and has dug deep into Montana’s finances. UM Legislative News Reporter Shaylee Ragar spoke with Ballance last week about the state’s revenue projections, the future of Montana’s...

Duration:00:08:10

Lung Function Decline Continued One Year After Rice Ridge Fire, Research Shows

2/12/2019
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Since before the smoke from the Rice Ridge Fire cleared in 2017, a team of University of Montana researchers have been tracking lung health of local residents. They presented their early findings to the Seeley Lake Community Council for the first time Monday night.

Duration:00:04:45

Bitterroot Forest Proposes Vegetation Management With 238-Acre Timber Sale

2/8/2019
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The Bitterroot National Forest is taking comments on a proposed timber sale and vegetation management project in the Sapphire Mountains northeast of Stevensville. The Forest is proposing to manage vegetation and reduce fuels on 238 acres in and next to the Threemile Wildlife Management Area. It says is entirely within the Wildland-Urban Interface -- the area of forest that mixes with human development and is at risk for wildfire.

Duration:00:02:11

Government Shutdown Halts Montana Wildfire Training

1/10/2019
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Wildfire training sessions for firefighters in Montana are being called off because of the government shutdown. That has state officials worried about whether they’ll be prepared for next fire season. Michael DeGrosky has been scheduled for months to teach a wildfire training course in Missoula next week.

Duration:00:02:38

Flathead National Forest Approves Two Vegetation Management Projects

12/17/2018
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The Flathead National Forest announced Monday that it has approved a pair of vegetation management projects that it says will improve forest health and increase resistance to wildfires .

Duration:00:00:46

NASA Awards Reforestation Grant To U Montana Researchers

12/4/2018
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A team of researchers at the University of Montana has received a $700,000 grant from NASA to promote reforestation efforts across the western United States. The grant will allow UM’s researchers to develop a set of tools to help the U.S. Forest Service improve its decision-making process following major disturbances like wildfires.

Duration:00:02:15

2018 Wildfire Costs Well Below Montana's Yearly Average

12/3/2018
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The 2018 fire season has cost the state $6.7 million as of the end of November, according to the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. That’s significantly under the state’s average fire bill of around $20 million over the last decade.

Duration:00:00:44

Cost Of Fire-Resistant Homes Comparable To Traditional Construction, Study Says

11/30/2018
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A study released this week finds new wildfire resistant homes cost roughly the same as more traditional home construction . The finding is potentially significant given growing public awareness as fire seasons lengthen and mega-fires, like California's devastating Camp Fire, increasingly displace people from their homes. One-third of American homes are now located in the wildland-urban interface , that zone where homes are built near, or in, undeveloped wildlands susceptible to fire.

Duration:00:05:37

'We Have Serious Issues:' Whitefish Considers Wildfire Threat And Prevention

11/15/2018
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The fires raging in California, and one continuing to smolder in Glacier National Park, have managers in Whitefish thinking about how people in town can prepare for the worst. More than 70 people came to the Wildfire In The City forum, hosted by Climate Smart Glacier Country on Wednesday. Speakers showed old images and newspaper clippings detailing the area’s historic burns and city staff talked about the challenges Whitefish faces.

Duration:00:02:06

Kalispell Art Exhibit Highlights Renewal After Wildfire

10/31/2018
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Like thousands of tourists, businesses and locals, wildfire altered plans for some 40 artists participating in a residency program hosted by Kalispell’s Hockaday Museum of Art last summer.

Duration:00:05:20

145 Acre Wildfire Burning Near Arlee

10/25/2018
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Fourteen firefighters and a helicopter are working a wildfire burning about 2.5 miles northeast of Arlee this evening. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal fire spokesman CT Camel says the 145-acre Rhebein Fire started Tuesday when a homeowner’s routine debris burn got out of control.

Duration:00:00:58

Montana Wildfire Roundup For September 20, 2018

9/20/2018
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As Montana's fire season winds to a close, crews are closing-in on the handful of fires still burning across Western Montana.

Duration:00:01:47

Montana's 2018 Fire Season Costs Trending Well Below Average

9/19/2018
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Montana’s wildfire season is slowing down and trending well below average in the number of fires, acres burned and cost to the state. The forecast of the state’s 2018 fire bill is only a sliver of the cost of last year’s historic fire season, according to a report from legislative researchers published Wednesday .

Duration:00:01:38

Controlled Burns To Begin On Bitterroot National Forest

9/12/2018
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Federal land managers are planning controlled burns in the Bitterroot and Blackfoot Valleys. The Bitterroot National Forest is planning to start prescribed burning projects as early as this week, depending on weather. Fire managers plan to burn 2,200 acres this fall.

Duration:00:01:23

Montana Wildfire Roundup For September 4, 2018

9/4/2018
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All Stage 1 and Stage 2 fire restrictions have been lifted across northwest Montana. Put simply, that means campfires and outdoor smoking is allowed again. Restrictions have also been lifted on operating equipment.

Duration:00:01:41

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 31, 2018

8/31/2018
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A new wildfire burning on western Montana’s Flathead Reservation serves as a good reminder that the 2018 fire season still has some life in it. The nearly 1,100-acre Rattlesnake Fire is burning about 10 miles northeast of Hot Springs.

Duration:00:00:59

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 28, 2018

8/28/2018
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Glacier National Park lifted evacuation warnings for portions of the park on Tuesday. Recent rainfall has moderated activity on the Howe Ridge Fire , burning on the northwest side of Lake McDonald.

Duration:00:02:00

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 27, 2018

8/27/2018
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Updated 5:15 p.m. The widespread precipitation gracing Montana has at least tapped the brakes on the 2018 fire season . But National Weather Service Meteorologist Trent Smith says it’s not the full-stop event everybody’s hoping for.

Duration:00:02:07

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 24, 2018

8/24/2018
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Update: 5:20 p.m. A fast-growing wildfire discovered Thursday night in the northeastern part of Glacier National Park has led to the closure of nearly all of neighboring Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada.

Duration:00:02:09

Fire Managers Explain Their Actions Near Essex

8/24/2018
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Fire managers on the Paola Ridge Fire outside Essex met with homeowners, some under pre-evacuation warnings last night.

Duration:00:02:55