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

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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Ten Acre Wildfire Burning On Kootenai National Forest

7/16/2018
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The Flathead Beacon is reporting that a 10 acre wildfire started on the Kootenai National Forest Sunday, 23 miles north of Libby, and is still burning Monday. Reportedly caused by lightning, the Zulu fire doesn’t threaten any structures. At least one helicopter has been dispatched to suppress the flames.

Duration:00:02:07

High Temperatures, Low Humidity Raise Wildfire Potential In Parts Of Montana

7/12/2018
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Fire potential is expected to increase Friday in parts of north-central and southwest Montana, with temperatures reaching into the upper 90s. According to the National Weather Service hot temperatures, low humidity, and winds will create critical wildfire conditions, especially along the Highway 2 corridor from Browning to Harlem.

Duration:00:00:51

Western Wildfires Keep Missoula Air Tanker Company Busy

7/11/2018
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Summer’s barely a month old, but a Missoula aviation and air tanker company is already running at full tilt. “Neptune Aviation is incredibly busy right now,” says Neptune Aviation spokesman Kevin Condit. “We’re really flying a lot of fires in a lot of different states. We’re everywhere from Colorado to California and in between. It’s been a busy fire season so far.”

Duration:00:01:05

Out-Of-State Smoke Settles Into Montana

7/9/2018
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Smoke visible in the Missoula area Monday dropped the air quality to "moderate." The smoke is likely coming from the Klamathon Fire in California. Sarah Coefield of Missoula City-County Health Department said the fire is burning about 35,000 acres near the California/Oregon border.

Duration:00:00:29

Plan Now For Wildfire Smoke, Air Quality Specialist Warns

7/3/2018
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For most Montanans, wildfire smoke is ‘out of sight, out of mind’. It’s been almost a year since smoke pollution filled Missoula County, turning the air yellow and creating a public health crisis for residents. But one air quality expert is urging people to start preparing for the smoke before wildfire season arrives.

Duration:00:05:32

Missoula County Fire Danger Moves To 'Moderate'

7/3/2018
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Wildland fire officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association are elevating fire danger in Missoula County to 'moderate'. The change is effective midnight July 4. Weather forecasters predict hot and dry conditions by the end of the week, with temperatures ranging into the 90s throughout the region.

Duration:00:00:37

Wildfire Conditions In Northwest Montana Similar To Last Year

6/29/2018
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The National Interagency Fire Center raised the national preparedness level up a notch today as wildfires across the southwest and lower Rockies require more firefighting resources. Northwest Montana remains at the lowest preparedness level.

Duration:00:01:43

July 1 Deadline For Burning Debris in Flathead Valley

6/28/2018
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State officials are encouraging Flathead Valley residents to take care of any debris burning before Sunday. On July 1, no debris burning is allowed in Flathead and Northern Lake Counties.

Duration:00:00:57

Fire Danger Moves To 'Moderate' On Bitterroot National Forest

6/26/2018
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The Bitterroot National Forest is changing its fire danger level from ‘Low’ to ‘Moderate’ starting Wednesday, June 27. The shift to ‘moderate’ means that wildfires can now be expected to start from most accidental causes. In addition to lightning, that includes human causes like smoldering campfires left unattended.

Duration:00:00:47

Western Montana Home Construction Doubles In Areas With High Wildfire Risk

6/20/2018
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A new study says the number of homes constructed in areas with high wildfire risks has doubled in western Montana since 1990 , outpacing development rates in areas with low fire hazards.

Duration:00:05:44

How Black-Backed Woodpeckers Thrive After Wildfires

6/18/2018
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You've probably seen woodpeckers. Whether attracting them to your backyard with suet feeders, or hearing them drill on the side of your house, you have probably noticed their large pointed beak and ability to climb tree trunks. But besides downy and hairy woodpeckers, which are seen often in Montana, we also have some types of woodpeckers that live in some of the most unique habitats and do some of the most peculiar things of any animal in the Rocky Mountains.

Duration:00:04:47

Montana Firefighting Fund Significantly Short Going Into Wildfire Season

6/14/2018
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Montana has just over $4 million in its firefighting reserve fund at the start of what’s expected to be ripe conditions for a substantial fire season . That means the state is significantly short of having the cash on hand needed cover the costs of even an average season. But Governor Steve Bullock says fire suppression won’t be limited this season, despite depleted funding reserves.

Duration:00:02:10

'Field Notes:' The Fruits Of Fire

6/11/2018
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Have you ever walked around in a recently burned forest? One of those areas where perhaps last summer you saw flames leaping out or smoke billowing? If not, I urge you to go out and take a look at this unique environment. I had never spent any time in a burned forest until a few years ago. I was immediately impressed with the beauty and abundant life I found in this transformed forest.

Duration:00:04:01

Ceanothus: Life From The Kiss Of Fire

5/26/2018
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Thirty-plus years ago when I was studying wildlife management at Oregon State University, we learned that Ceanothus was a highly preferred forage plant for deer and elk during the winter. I knew that Ceanothus was the genus name of a large group of western shrubs and I even knew enough to recognize a few of the individual species back then.

Duration:00:04:41

To Avoid Smokey Summers, Put More Fire On The Landscape, Scientists Say

5/14/2018
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Even as floodwaters submerge swaths of western Montana , fire scientists and land managers are thinking a season ahead to when fires will bloom on the landscape. They’re trying to educate the public about a paradoxical concept: Putting fire back on the landscape to avoid smokey summers like last year.

Duration:00:05:08

Forest Service Approves 2,600 Acre Timber Sale Near Hungry Horse

5/11/2018
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The Flathead National Forest has approved 2,600 acres of commercial logging just north of Hungry Horse reservoir. It's part of the Hungry Lion Resource Management Project, and the Forest Service says about half of the timber sale is within the wildland-urban interface, with the goal of reducing risks to residents and firefighters should a wildfire occur.

Duration:00:01:03

How To Legally Harvest Morels On Montana's National Forests

4/25/2018
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With temperatures on the rise, many Montanans have one thing on their minds: finding that perfect morel. MTPR's Clare Menahan has details about harvesting legally on area national forests . Last year’s devastating fire season means Western Montana has become a mushroom-picking haven for thousands of local and visiting mushroom pickers.

Duration:00:01:08

Missoula Air Lands On List Of Most Polluted

4/18/2018
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The latest American Lung Association air quality report shows some Montana communities continue to have unhealthy levels of air pollution on a national scale. Wildfires are the main culprit. According the Lung Association’s most recent "State of the Air" report, the city of Missoula ranks as the 12th most polluted city in the nation for short-term particle pollution.

Duration:00:02:20

Fire, Timber Projects On Tap At White Sulphur Springs Open House

4/10/2018
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The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is hosting their annual open house next week in White Sulphur Springs. "It’s mainly just to invite the public in to talk about projects that we’ve been working on over the years, but also projects that we have planned field work going on this upcoming summer," Kathy Bushnell, a spokesperson for the Forest says.

Duration:00:01:48

Forest Service Cutting Firefighting Aircraft Contracts

4/9/2018
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The U.S. Forest Service has scaled back the number of firefighting aircraft that might be available this summer. Edward O'Brien explores on what that might mean for Montana.

Duration:00:06:53