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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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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

Gianforte, Conservationists See Different Things In Flathead Fires

8/23/2018
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Representative Greg Gianforte toured areas affected by the Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park Wednesday morning.

Duration:00:07:52

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 22, 2018

8/22/2018
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Wildfire activity has moderated in Western Montana in the wake of wet and cool weather earlier this week, but crews remain hard at work as temperatures start to rise again .

Duration:00:02:07

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 21, 2018

8/21/2018
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In Glacier National Park the Howe Ridge Fire is now estimated at more than 11,000 acres. Despite continued growth, though, fire managers say they’re making good progress shoring up protections along Going-To-The-Sun Road.

Duration:00:05:33

Study Says Less Rainfall Is Major Driver Of Western Wildfires

8/20/2018
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A new study says that less summer precipitation, and longer summer dry spells, are major drivers of increased wildfire activity in the western U.S. It’s contrary to previous understanding that warming temperatures and earlier snowmelt are the only factors in bigger wildfire seasons.

Duration:00:01:00

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 20, 2018

8/20/2018
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Rain in western Montana Monday did little to slow fire growth across the state. "Well it’s a mixed blessing," said Jay Nichols, a spokesperson assigned to the Monument and Wigwam Fires burning south of Ennis. "So obviously wind isn’t a good thing, rain’s a good thing, but I don’t know that it will be a substantial amount of rain." Nichols says together the fires are burning more than 10,000 acres. An evacuation notice for the Haypress Lakes area in the Shining Mountains Subdivision was...

Duration:00:03:00

What Does A Longer Fire Season Mean For Montana Forests?

8/20/2018
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July of 2015 was the warmest month on record in the history of our planet, 2015 is on trend to be our warmest recorded year, and in much of the American west that warmth has been coupled with moderate to extreme drought conditions. With emissions of greenhouse gases showing no sign of decreasing, these records will probably not last long. For Montana, it means that our overall climate is likely to get warmer and drier. As that happens, wildfires are likely to grow in both frequency and scale.

Duration:00:04:33

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 17, 2018

8/17/2018
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Update 4:15 p.m. For the second year running, the historic Lake McDonald Lodge will close for the season early because of a fire burning in Glacier National Park. The Howe Ridge Fire continues to burn more than 3,500 acres on the northwest side of Lake McDonald.

Duration:00:01:39

Hungry Lion Logging Project Moves Forward

8/16/2018
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The Flathead National Forest said Thursday it will move ahead with a commercial logging and hazardous fuels reduction project just north of Hungry Horse Reservoir.

Duration:00:02:07

New Website Aims To Help Montanans Deal With Wildfire Smoke

8/16/2018
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A brand-new website consolidates statewide air quality conditions and serves as a resource for Montanans concerned about the impacts of wildfire smoke. MontanaWildfireSmoke.org is now live and made possible by a small Missoula-based non-profit called Climate Smart Missoula.

Duration:00:01:28

Montana Wildfire Roundup for August 16, 2018

8/16/2018
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Update: 5:50 p.m. The Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park that destroyed a set of historic cabins over the weekend continues to grow. Wednesday night, an infrared flight measured the fire perimeter at 3,500 acres, a growth of roughly 900-acres from two days ago.

Duration:00:01:41

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 15, 2018

8/15/2018
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Updated 5:25 p.m. The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation warning for a small number of residents near Essex just northwest of the Izaak Walton Inn along Highway 2 due to the Paola Ridge Fire .

Duration:00:02:44