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The Billings Chinook Type-1 Helicopter flies to the Sheep Fire past Essex, MT, with a load of fire retardant from the mobile retardant base Aug. 20, 2015. (Photo Jonathan Moor, GNP)
The Billings Chinook Type-1 Helicopter flies to the Sheep Fire past Essex, MT, with a load of fire retardant from the mobile retardant base Aug. 20, 2015. (Photo Jonathan Moor, GNP)
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Thompson Fire Complex Update 8-21-15 9:00am

Sheep Fire is now 1/2 mile from US-2, BNSF Tracks
US-2 remains closed to thru traffic between East Glacier and West Glacier. Local residents are being allowed through to retrieve valuables from homes and cabins in the Essex Area. Residents have

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Highway 2 was closed mid-day Aug. 20, 2015, until further notice east of Essex, MT due to the approach of the Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire. (photo Jonathan Moor, GNP)
Highway 2 was closed mid-day Aug. 20, 2015, until further notice east of Essex, MT due to the approach of the Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire. (photo Jonathan Moor, GNP)
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Sheep Fire Update: 8-20-15 10:00pm

US2 CLOSED TO THRU TRAFFIC

 

The Sheep Fire was very active today with the westerly influence of the predicted Red Flag weather conditions. This condition kept ground forces from engaging with direct handline operations. A heavy helicopter w

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Crews working on the Sucker Creek Fire, north of Lincoln. (USFS Photo)
Crews working on the Sucker Creek Fire, north of Lincoln. (USFS Photo)
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Sucker Creek Fire Update 8-20-15

232 Firefighters continue efforts to control the Sucker Creek Fire, which now covers 2740 acres north of Lincoln on the Helena National Forest. The fire is 25% contained, and has moved into the burn scar from a 2003 wildfire

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The Sheep Creek Fire, part of the Thompson-Divide Complex, burns in the Flathead National Forrest about 2.5 miles south of Essex, MT, Aug. 18, 2015. (Photo Jonathan Moor, NPS)
The Sheep Creek Fire, part of the Thompson-Divide Complex, burns in the Flathead National Forrest about 2.5 miles south of Essex, MT, Aug. 18, 2015. (Photo Jonathan Moor, NPS)
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Thompson Complex Fires Update 8-20-15: Essex Prepares for Evacuation

200+ Structures, BNSF Snow Sheds, and 1 Wooden Trestle Now Deemed At Risk

Update - 3:30pm  Highway 2 CLOSED

The Sheep Fire has moved to about 1 mile from the highway and the BNSF tracks. Both have been closed temporarily to allow firefi

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Jud Hammer, a member of the Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team (Leach) Operations Section, speaks to concerned Americans at the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, MT, about the Thompson-Divide Complex Aug. 18, 2015. (Photo: Jonathan Moor, NPS)
Jud Hammer, a member of the Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team (Leach) Operations Section, speaks to concerned Americans at the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, MT, about the Thompson-Divide Complex Aug. 18, 2015. (Photo: Jonathan Moor, NPS)
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Glacier National Park: Update on Thompson Wildfire Complex

ESSEX RESIDENTS ADVISED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS

The Incident Management Team in charge of the Thompson Wildfire Complex held a public meeting Tuesday evening to inform residents of the Essex area about two fires that broke out over the weekend. Residents of Es

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The Spotted Eagle Fire, located near Family Peak west of Swift Dam, is the largest of the three fires in the Family Peak Complex. 8-13-15 (USFS Photo)
The Spotted Eagle Fire, located near Family Peak west of Swift Dam, is the largest of the three fires in the Family Peak Complex. 8-13-15 (USFS Photo)
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Lewis & Clark Nat’l Forest: Several Small Fires Burning

Ten fires are currently burning in the Rocky Mountain Ranger District on the Lewis & Clark National Forest. Three fires- Spotted Eagle, Muskrat Pass, and Mt. Poia- are the result of lightning strikes from a strong thunderstorm that passed through the area on Tuesday, August 11, and are collectively being managed as the Family Peak Wildfire Complex.

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UM President Engstrom (at podium), along with  Gov. Steve Bullock (center) and Commissioner of Higher Education Clay Christian (left) 8-18-15 (UM Photo)
UM President Engstrom (at podium), along with Gov. Steve Bullock (center) and Commissioner of Higher Education Clay Christian (left) 8-18-15 (UM Photo)
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UM Earns Two Research Awards in State’s First Large-Scale Research Initiative

MISSOULA – Gov. Steve Bullock, together with University of Montana President Royce Engstrom and Montana University System Commissioner of Higher Education Clay Christian, gathered at UM’s Skaggs Building Aug. 18 to announce

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Thom Ross art installation of Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show on Ocean Beach in San Francisco. (Photo credit: Patrick Bennett.)
Thom Ross art installation of Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show on Ocean Beach in San Francisco. (Photo credit: Patrick Bennett.)
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MontanaPBS Team to Film Western Art Installation Near ‘Some Like it Hot’ Site

MISSOULA, Montana – World-famous cowboy artist Charlie Russell (1864-1926), apparently liking it “hot” – or at least sandy, will return from the “Great Divide” this weekend to pose on Coronado Beach with some of his 1923 friends, albeit a little stiffly. Beginning at da

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Garden Valley Idaho Helitack Crewmembers prepare cargo nets for Black Hills Wildland Fire Module Firefighters’ equipment to be flown by the Type-3 Helicopter to the Glacier National Park Thompson Fire spike camp, Aug. 15, 2015. (Photo Jonathan Moor,GNP)
Garden Valley Idaho Helitack Crewmembers prepare cargo nets for Black Hills Wildland Fire Module Firefighters’ equipment to be flown by the Type-3 Helicopter to the Glacier National Park Thompson Fire spike camp, Aug. 15, 2015. (Photo Jonathan Moor,GNP)
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Two New Fires Reported Near Essex

A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m at the Izaak Walton Hotel outside shelter in Essex.

The Incident Management Team in charge of the Thompson Fire in Glacier National Park has assumed management of two new fire starts (Sheep and Granite Fires) on the Flathead National Forest adjacent to Glacier National Park.  

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