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A USFS forester explains tree ring growth to participants in the 2014 Family Forestry Expo. (USFS Photo)
A USFS forester explains tree ring growth to participants in the 2014 Family Forestry Expo. (USFS Photo)
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Flathead National Forest Hosts a Family Forestry Expo May 2nd – 6th

Kalispell, MTApril 25, 2016 - The Family Forestry Expo is an annual, weeklong event that offers hands-on exposure to the role forests play in our everyday lives...

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Flathead National Forest Announces Spring Prescribed Fire Projects

Kalispell, MT, March 22nd- The Flathead National Forest is planning to conduct spring prescribed fire projects, when weather, fuel conditions, and air quality become favorable...

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Flathead Avalanche Center Releases Incident Report on Fatal Avalanche

Kalispell, MT., January 27, 2016 – Today the Flathead Avalanche Center released their final report on the Swede Creek Avalanche Incident that occurred January 23, 2016 in the Whitefish Mountain Range on Flathead National Forest near the vicinity of Haines Pass...

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Flathead National Forest Celebrates Winter Trails this Saturday

KALISPELL, MT., December 28, 2015 –The Flathead Community of Resource Educators (CORE), a network of individuals and organizations working together to increase awareness and understanding about the natural, historical and cultural resources of the Flathead Region, is celebrating Winter Trails on Saturday, January 9 with several free outdoor activities...

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USFS Reminds Hunters to Avoid Feeding the Bears

Keep Yourself Safe and Avoid Bear Encounters
 
KALISPELL, MT – October 20, 2015--With the general deer and elk rifle season opening on October 24, hunters and other recreationists are reminded to properly store game meat, food, livestock feed, garbage, and all other attractants in a bear-resistant manner...

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Flathead National Forest Fall Prescribed Fire Projects

KALISPELL, MONTANA – Sept. 29, 2015 – Ranger Districts on the Flathead National Forest are planning to conduct multiple fall season prescribed fire projects, when weather, fuel conditions, and air quality is favorable...

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Firefighters roll up some of the miles of hoses used to battle the Sheep Fire, which was stopped less than a mile from Essex.  (Photo Jonathon Moor)
Firefighters roll up some of the miles of hoses used to battle the Sheep Fire, which was stopped less than a mile from Essex. (Photo Jonathon Moor)
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Fire Fighters Wrapping Up Work on the Sheep, Granite and Thompson Fires.

The Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team Leach (named for incident commander Irv Leach) has issued its final public report on the Thompson-Divide Wildfire Complex:

The Thompson-Divide Complex consists of the Sheep and Granite Fires in the Flathead National Forest and the Thompson Fire in Glacier National Park...

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Firefighters take the BNSF train to work while on the Thompson-Divide Complex Fire (Photo by Wayne Brown)
Firefighters take the BNSF train to work while on the Thompson-Divide Complex Fire (Photo by Wayne Brown)
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Sheep Fire Update 9-3-15 8:30am

Rain Aids Firefighters at Essex

Weather: Sheep and Granite fires received up to .25 inches of rain last night. Low pressure weather patterns will continue to affect the area thru the weekend, with the possibility of air operations being limited by a low ceiling today...

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Contractors use logging equipment to remove excess fuels from the county park in Essex, MT, Aug. 31, 2015, about half a mile north of the Sheep Fire. (Photo Jonathan Moor)
Contractors use logging equipment to remove excess fuels from the county park in Essex, MT, Aug. 31, 2015, about half a mile north of the Sheep Fire. (Photo Jonathan Moor)
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Sheep Fire Update 9-1-15 8:30am

The Sheep Fire is on the Flathead National Forest and burning in very steep terrain with limited access. The fire gained just 1 acre yesterday, and is now estimated at 2,102 acres, with the leading edge about 1 mile south of Essex and about 1/8 mile from the train tracks between Tank Creek and McDonald Creek...

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The Canyon Community Church and the Glacier View 4-H Club made treats and thank-you notes for Wildland Firefighters. The Firefighters signed the notes with their own expressions of thanks. (Photo Jonathan Christian Moor)
The Canyon Community Church and the Glacier View 4-H Club made treats and thank-you notes for Wildland Firefighters. The Firefighters signed the notes with their own expressions of thanks. (Photo Jonathan Christian Moor)
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Sheep Fire Update 8-31-15 8:30am – Hwy 2 Open, Essex Evacuation Order Lifted

At 6 a.m. this morning Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry lifted the mandatory evacuation order for Essex and the surrounding area and placed the community back to the ‘Set’ Stage of the Ready, Set, Go evacuation model...

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Essex Evacuation Ends, Hwy 2 Opens Monday Morning

The Glacier County and Flathead County Disaster Emergency Services have notified KSEN/K96 that US-2 will be reopened Monday morning, August 31st, at 6:00am...

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Two Type-2 Water Tenders stand guard in front of the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, MT, about half a mile north of the Sheep Fire. Aug. 29, 2015. (Photo Jonathan Moor,USFS)
Two Type-2 Water Tenders stand guard in front of the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, MT, about half a mile north of the Sheep Fire. Aug. 29, 2015. (Photo Jonathan Moor,USFS)
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Sheep Fire Update 8-30-15 8:30am

Fire Break near completion at Essex. No structures have been lost.

The Thompson-Divide Complex is comprised of the Sheep and Granite Fires on the Flathead National Forest and the Thompson Fire in Glacier National Park...

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