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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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Sheep, Granite and Great Bear Wilderness Fire Area Closure 8-28-15 10:45pm

KALISPELL, MONTANA – Due to increased fire activity within the Great Bear Wilderness area, which includes the Sheep and Granite Fires, the Flathead National Forest has made the determination to increase the existing closure associated with the Thompson-Divide Complex...

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Equipment clearing a fuel break along the BNSF track near Essex, Aug 27 (Photo:Steve Houser, USFS)
Equipment clearing a fuel break along the BNSF track near Essex, Aug 27 (Photo:Steve Houser, USFS)
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Essex Area Fire Update 8-28-15 8:00pm

Evacuation expected to last up to a week.

The Sheep Fire is the incident priority of the three fires that make up the Thompson-Divide Wildfire Complex...

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GNP: Hard-sided Camping Only at St. Mary Campground

 Visitors Reminded to Follow Bear-Safety Protocols
 

WEST GLACIER, MONT. –The St. Mary Campground, located on the east side of the park, is currently available to hard-sided camping only...

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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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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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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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