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This map shows the location of the Benchmark Fire, west of Augusta on the Lewis & Clark National Forest, and trail closures related to the fire. (USFS Photo)
This map shows the location of the Benchmark Fire, west of Augusta on the Lewis & Clark National Forest, and trail closures related to the fire. (USFS Photo)
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Benchmark Fire Update 8-27-15 9:00am

The Benchmark Fire is now 50 acres, burning approximately 1 mile west of the north end of the Benchmark Airstrip on the Lewis & Clark National Forest's Rocky Mountain District.

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Feller-Bunchers operate along the BNSF tracks to clear brush and small trees, to create a shaded fuels break between Essex, MT, and the Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire Aug. 26, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor, NPS)
Feller-Bunchers operate along the BNSF tracks to clear brush and small trees, to create a shaded fuels break between Essex, MT, and the Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire Aug. 26, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor, NPS)
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Sheep Fire Update 8-27-15 9:00am

Residents of Essex and the surrounding area remain on evacuation alert.

Weather: Conditions will be changing going into the weekend. A cold front is approaching and will drop temperatures Sunday...

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Teton Co 4-Hers Study BioScience

The following story is from Teton County Extension Agent Jane Wolery:

The 4-H BioScience program 2015-16, a science experience for students grades 8-11, was held August 3-7 on the MSU Bozeman campus and continues until February through experiments and video conferencing with MSU professors...

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Bear Creek cabin is being wrapped to protect it from the Bear Creek Fire. (USFS Photo)
Bear Creek cabin is being wrapped to protect it from the Bear Creek Fire. (USFS Photo)
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Flathead Nat’l Forest Wildfire Update 8-26-15

Flathead National Forest officials are busy dealing with 18 wildfires, in addition to the three (Sheep, Granite, Spruce) that are being managed by the Incident Command Team responsible for the Thompson-Divide Complex...

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Reynolds Mtn and Glacier lilies at Logan Pass (Photo:David Restivo, NPS)
Reynolds Mtn and Glacier lilies at Logan Pass (Photo:David Restivo, NPS)
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GNP: East Side Access to Logan Pass Extended

Going-to-the-Sun Road will remain open through October 4th

WEST GLACIER, MT.  – The last day to access Logan Pass by vehicle from the east side of Glacier National Park will be Sunday, October 4th...

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Wildland Firefighters Anthony Lee and Michael Rudolph inspect sprinklers  set up to protect the BNSF railroad trestle from to the Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burning about 1 mile south of Essex, MT, Aug. 25, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor, NPS)
Wildland Firefighters Anthony Lee and Michael Rudolph inspect sprinklers set up to protect the BNSF railroad trestle from to the Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burning about 1 mile south of Essex, MT, Aug. 25, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor, NPS)
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Sheep Fire Update 8-26-15 9:00am

The community of Essex remains on evacuation alert.
 
Highway 2 is open. Pilot cars will run 24 hours a day, but the highway could be closed due to changing fire conditions...

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Firefighters hold the line against the Sucker Creek Fire on the Helena Nat'l Forest north of Lincoln. (USFS Photo)
Firefighters hold the line against the Sucker Creek Fire on the Helena Nat'l Forest north of Lincoln. (USFS Photo)
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Sucker Creek Fire Update 8-25-15 11:00am

All evacuations have been lifted. Area closures still in place until further notice.

The lightning-caused Sucker Creek Fire, which is currently burning in the Sucker Creek area on the Lincoln Ranger District, is now approximately 2790 acres, and 55% contained...

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A Sikorsky Sky Crane Type-1 Helicopter drops fire retardant on the Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burning west of Highway 2 between Mile Markers 182 and 181 about 1 mile south of Essex, MT, Aug. 22, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor, NPS)
A Sikorsky Sky Crane Type-1 Helicopter drops fire retardant on the Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burning west of Highway 2 between Mile Markers 182 and 181 about 1 mile south of Essex, MT, Aug. 22, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor, NPS)
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Sheep Fire Update 8-25-15 10:00am

A public meeting for the Thompson-Divide Complex of fires (Thompson, Granite, and Sheep) is scheduled for Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 8:00 p...

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A firefighter patrols the Bear Creek Fire along Spotted Bear River Rd. 8-16-15 (USFS Photo)
A firefighter patrols the Bear Creek Fire along Spotted Bear River Rd. 8-16-15 (USFS Photo)
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Spotted Bear District Fires Update 8-24-15 9:00am

Bear Creek Fire:  SIZE: 19,595 Acres   Fire crews continue to mop up hot spots in the Meadow Creek Trailhead and the Meadow Creek Outfitter’s corral...

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