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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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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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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.  

The

A mule deer inspects the surroundings. Wildlife is returning to the Reynolds Creek Fire area. (Credit: Matt Heisler,GNP)
A mule deer inspects the surroundings. Wildlife is returning to the Reynolds Creek Fire area. (Credit: Matt Heisler,GNP)
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GNP: Reynolds Creek Fire Update 8-17-15

Fire Continues to Burn within Perimeter

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – The night closure on the east side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park has been lifted. The entire 52 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open to vehicle access.

 

Visitors wi

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The Thompson Fire burns in Glacier National Park backcountry about 12 miles southwest of Saint Mary and west of Medicine Grizzly Peak where the Flathead and Glacier Counties border follows the Continental Divide Aug. 16, 2015. (Photo Jonathan Moor)
The Thompson Fire burns in Glacier National Park backcountry about 12 miles southwest of Saint Mary and west of Medicine Grizzly Peak where the Flathead and Glacier Counties border follows the Continental Divide Aug. 16, 2015. (Photo Jonathan Moor)
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GNP: Thompson Fire Update 8-17-15

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 bur

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A firefighter sizes up the situation on the Waterton Lake Fire. 8-15-15 (GNP Photo)
A firefighter sizes up the situation on the Waterton Lake Fire. 8-15-15 (GNP Photo)
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GNP: New Fire Starts Near Waterton Lake

CANADIAN FIREFIGHTERS ANSWER THE CALL

Parks Canada crews responded to a report of a lighning-caused forest fire from US National Park staff at Goat Haunt, Glacier National Park.  A helicopter, which was on standby in Waterton Lakes National Park, was immediately deployed to bucket the fire

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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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