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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. In advance of t

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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. Vehicle traffic will be restricted on the east side near t

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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. Expect delays of 10-15 minutes.

The BNSF and

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.m. at the Izaak Walton Hotel pavilion in Essex. Representatives from the Incident Management Team will provide information on the status of these fires and future operational plans.
The T

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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.  Engines are patrolling the Gorge Creek Road #549 between Meadow Creek Trailhead and Gorge Creek Trailhead to mop up hot spots and remove hazard trees.  Additional en

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The Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burns west of Highway 2 between Mile Markers 182 and 181 about 1 mile south of Essex, MT, Aug. 22, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor)
The Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burns west of Highway 2 between Mile Markers 182 and 181 about 1 mile south of Essex, MT, Aug. 22, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor)
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Thompson Wildfire Complex Update 8-24-15 8:00am

Sheep Fire is 1 Mile from Essex

Highway 2 is open. Pilot cars will run 24 hours a day, but the highway could be closed due to changing fire conditions. Expect delays of 10-15 minutes.

The BNSF and Amtrak trains ha

A firefighter on the Thompson Fire in Glacier National Park works to extinguish the flames. Credit: Photo by Peggy Miller
A firefighter on the Thompson Fire in Glacier National Park works to extinguish the flames. Credit: Photo by Peggy Miller
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Thompson Wildfire Complex Update – 8-23-15 8:00pm

Sheep Fire 1 mile from Essex
Highway 2 is reopened, with pilot cars escorting traffic in both directions to ensure safe traffic flow through the fire area. Pilot cars will run 24 hours a day, but the highway could be closed due to changing fire conditions. Expect delays of 10-15 minutes.
The BNSF and Amtrak trains have been running.  For more information on Amtrak call 1-(800) 872-7245.

Residents of Essex and the surrounding area have been advised that they may be evacuated if the Sheep Fire becomes an imminent threat. The American Red Cross has prepared to open a shelter at West Glacier if needed.

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(Photo: Glacier National Park)
(Photo: Glacier National Park)
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Glacier National Park: August 25th is Fee-Free Tuesday

National Park Service Celebrates 99th Birthday

WEST GLACIER, MT.  –The entrance fee for Glacier National Park will be waived on Tuesday, August 25, in recognition of the National Park Service Birthday. The National Park Service turns 99 years old this year.

The National

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The Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burns east of Highway 2 and south of McDonald Creek about 2 miles south of Essex, MT, Aug. 21, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor-NPS)
The Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burns east of Highway 2 and south of McDonald Creek about 2 miles south of Essex, MT, Aug. 21, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor-NPS)
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US-2 is OPEN! Pilot Cars Leading Traffic through Fire Area

Thompson Complex Fire Update for 8-22-15 9:00am

A cold front with thunderstorms and some rain late yesterday cleared the smoky conditions in the area. The rain had some slowing effect on the fires. However, all fi

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Waterton Lakes Fire 100% Contained, Under Control


The Waterton Lake wildfire is now 100% contained, and is considered “under control”.

The fire burned approximately 25 acres on the slopes of Campbell Mountain, on the west side of Upper Waterton Lake in Glacier National Park.

Parks Canada crews will contin

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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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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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