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Spotted Eagle Fire Update

The Spotted Eagle fire started in remote, heavy timber; actively burning in upper Lonesome Creek drainage in the Badger Creek area of the Lewis and Clark National Forest. On August 28, 2015, the fire expanded and crossed the Forest boundary and onto the Blackfeet Reservation west-northwest of Heart Butte, Montana. The fire was be

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Sheep, Granite and Great Bear Wilderness Fire Area Closure 8-28-15 10:45pm

KALISPELL, MONTANA – Due to increased fire activity within the Great Bear Wilderness area, which includes the Sheep and Granite Fires, the Flathead National Forest has made the determination to increase the existing closure associated with the Thompson-Divide Complex

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Bob Marshall Wilderness Area Closure 8-28-15 10:30pm

SPOTTED BEAR, MONTANA – The Flathead National Forest has issued a closure order to all portions of the Great Bear and Bob Marshall Wilderness, contained within the Spotted Bear Ranger District.  Located in Township 17 North to 28 North and Range 10 West to 16 West

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Tribe, Red Cross Open Heart Butte Evacuee Shelter in Browning

Blackfeet Nation and American Red Cross of Montana Join Forces to Care for Spotted-Eagle Fire Evacuees

Browning, MT, August 28, 2015The Blackfeet Nation and American Red Cross of Montana have jointly opened a shelter in Browning for the evacuees of the Spotted-Eagle fire, which is part of the Family Peak Complex Fire. The shelter is located at 80 Heart Butte Road in Browning, MT 5941

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Equipment clearing a fuel break along the BNSF track near Essex, Aug 27 (Photo:Steve Houser, USFS)
Equipment clearing a fuel break along the BNSF track near Essex, Aug 27 (Photo:Steve Houser, USFS)
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Essex Area Fire Update 8-28-15 8:00pm

Evacuation expected to last up to a week.

The Sheep Fire is the incident priority of the three fires that make up the Thompson-Divide Wildfire Complex.as it is approaching US Hwy. 2 and the BNSF

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Air Quality Alert: Oh, Say Can You See?

Not so much, these days. (You'll have to take my word for it - that photo below is Shelby from the north I-15 interchange.) For many folks, just breathing has become a real issue.

The following information is from Kristi Akelstad, Toole County Public Health Nurse :

With fires covering over 600,000 acres of the northwest and raging, smoke is in the air

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A helicopter drops water on small fire. (Photo: Samsara Chapman, Patrol Lookout, USFS)
A helicopter drops water on small fire. (Photo: Samsara Chapman, Patrol Lookout, USFS)
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Benchmark Fire Update 8-28-15 10:15am

The Benchmark Fire, west of Augusta, forced the evacuation of a number of private, commercial, and forest service cabins earlier this week. The evacuation order remains in effect.

Hand crews working Thursday with support from helicopter bucket drops, built off of progress made Wednesday and constructed additional fire line

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A Bobcat kitten supervises firefighters working near Muddy Creek (USFS Photo)
A Bobcat kitten supervises firefighters working near Muddy Creek (USFS Photo)
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Fires Near Swift, Gibson Reservoirs 8-28-15 10:00am

The Family Peak Wildfire Complex consists of 4 fires totaling 941 acres (as mapped using GPS from 8/22 patrol flight) in the southern Badger-Two Medicine area, north and west of Swift Reservoir. A Type II Incident Management Team has assumed management of the Family Peak Complex as

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Sunday on Northwester Outdoors Radio:

The Northwestern Outdoors Crew is on the road so we are taking you back to The Dalles in Oregon's scenic Columbia Gorge for a fun-filled show!   Guide Walleye Willie Ross tells you about four seasons of fishing available on the Columbia River, Chad Sperry has got the scoop on where to go bicycling around here for the day and Bambi Foy shares her raptors with you at the Gorge Discovery Center!  In addition to this we've got new material courtesy of Lance Merz during an extended Macks Minute and our weekly trivia question from Sportsman's Warehouse where you have a chance to win a $25 gift card we give away every week on our show!

Hear the Northwestern Outdoors Radio Show every Sunday morning at 5:00am (MDT) on 96

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