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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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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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Crews working on the Sucker Creek Fire, north of Lincoln in the Helena National Forest. 8-13-15 (USFS Photo)
Crews working on the Sucker Creek Fire, north of Lincoln in the Helena National Forest. 8-13-15 (USFS Photo)
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Fire Updates: Lightning Sparks 66 Fires in Northern Rockies Region

A prolonged drought and thunderstorms are an explosive combination. There are 188 fires burning in the western U.S. today, including 66 in the Northern Rockies. Here is the latest on those closest to us:
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HELENA NATIONAL FOREST

The Sucker Creek Fire north of Lincoln has grown to 13-hundred acres in the past 24 hours, pushed by hot, dry, windy  weather, and the abundance of available  snags and dry fuels. Several homes a

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The Thompson Fire on the west side of Cut Bank Pass in Glacier National Park. (GNP Photo)
The Thompson Fire on the west side of Cut Bank Pass in Glacier National Park. (GNP Photo)
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GNP: Thompson Fire Update 8-13-15

 

Fire Update: The Thompson Fire is located in a remote south-central backcountry area of Glacier National Park about 15 miles east of the West Glacier entrance and 12 miles southwest of the Saint Mary entrance. The fire is burning

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The Sucker Creek Fire is burning on the Helena National Forest, north of Lincoln. (USFS Photo)
The Sucker Creek Fire is burning on the Helena National Forest, north of Lincoln. (USFS Photo)
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USFS: Update on the Sucker Creek Fire, Helena National Forest

Here is the latest information from the Helena National Forest:

The lightning-caused Sucker Creek Fire, which is currently burning in the Sucker Creek area on the Lincoln Ranger District, was reported Monday, August 10th. The fire is in

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GNP: Fire Restrictions for Back Country of Park

Campfires Only Allowed in Front Country

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – As of Wednesday, August 12, campfires will not be allowed in the back country of Glacier National Park.  Campfires will continu

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Smoke and flames may be visible at times along Going-to-the-Sun Road. (NPS Photo)
Smoke and flames may be visible at times along Going-to-the-Sun Road. (NPS Photo)
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GNP: East-side Going-to-the-Sun Road Is Open!

 Road Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Daily

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – The east side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park is open to vehicle access from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.  Drivers should drive cautiously and be aware of firefig

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St Mary Visitor Center, Glacier National Park (NPS Photo)
St Mary Visitor Center, Glacier National Park (NPS Photo)
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GNP Seeking Public Comment on St Mary Entrance

Proposal to Replace the St. Mary Entrance Station and Install AIS Station

WEST GLACIER, MT.  – Glacier National Park officials encourage public comment on a proposal to replace the St. Mary Entrance S

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Glacier County Conservation District Sets Crop Tour for July 28.

The Glacier County Conservation District Crop Tour is set for the evening of Tuesday, July 28, and will include field tours and two great speakers.

Attendees should meet at the Cut Bank Civic Center (800 Railroad Street) at 5:30 p

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GNP: Public Invited to Noxious Weed Blitz

Citizen Science Program Offers Opportunities to Monitor Invasive Plants

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Glacier National Park's Citizen Science Program announces two opportunities to help with early detection of invasive plants along park trails: a Noxious Weed Blitz on July 21 and an online training course for the Invasive Plants Citizen Science program. Both opportunities are free of charge and

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Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center Hosts Field Day Friday.

The Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center in Conrad will host a Field Day for area producers this Friday, July 17, 2015.

Schedule:

8:00am - 8:30am Registration and Refreshment; Courtesy of Centrol LLC
8:30am - 8:45am Welcome and Announcements
Dr. Gadi V.P. Reddy Superintendent,

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Local Students Make UN Dean’s List

MISSOULA At the University of Montana, 2,261 students made the spring semester 2015 Dean’s List. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must be undergraduates, earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher and receive grades of

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