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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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Sheep Mountain Fire Still Active, May Impact Hunting

The unusually dry, warm and windy weather that the Rocky Mountain Front has experienced so far this fall has kept the Moose Ridge and Sheep Mountain fires active...

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Update on the Spotted Eagle and Benchmark Fires 9-7-15 11:30am

Sunday was the third consecutive day, with no new growth reported on the Moose Ridge or Spotted Eagle fires. Fire behavior remained minimal with most of the fire area receiving precipitation...

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This USFS map shows road closures dure to the Spotted Eagle Fire and other wildfires in the Rocky Mountain District of the L&C Nat'l Forest. 9-1-15 Click on map for full-size image.
This USFS map shows road closures dure to the Spotted Eagle Fire and other wildfires in the Rocky Mountain District of the L&C Nat'l Forest. 9-1-15 Click on map for full-size image.
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Spotted Eagle, Benchmark Fire Update 9-1-15 1:30pm

Community Meeting Thursday evening in Choteau.

Yesterday: Despite strong winds the Moose Ridge, Spotted Eagle and Sheep Mountain fires experienced limited new growth...

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USFS Map 2015_08_30-15.09.00.092-CDT - Click on map for full size image.
USFS Map 2015_08_30-15.09.00.092-CDT - Click on map for full size image.
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Spotted Eagle Fire Update 8-31-15 Noon

More than a hundred local volunteer firefighters and the Montana National Guard are working with Blackfeet fire crews and a federal HotShots team to protect homes along the Rocky Mountain Front from the Spotted Eagle Eagle Fire, which is burning in timber and grassland on the southwest corner of the Blackfeet Reservation and in western Pondera County...

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USFS Map of the Spotted Eagle Fire 8-30-2015 (USFS Image)
USFS Map of the Spotted Eagle Fire 8-30-2015 (USFS Image)
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Spotted Eagle Fire Update 8-31-15 9:00am – Evacuation Order Remains in Effect for Heart Butte

Ten volunteer fire departments and the Montana National Guard are assisting Blackfeet firefighters in the battle to stop the Spotted Eagle Wildfire, after fierce winds caused the fire to quickly expand from 200 acres early Friday (8/28) to nearly 50,000 acres by Friday evening...

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This USFS map detail shows the location of the Spotted Eagle Fire, in relation to Heart Butte, as of mid-day Saturday.
This USFS map detail shows the location of the Spotted Eagle Fire, in relation to Heart Butte, as of mid-day Saturday.
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Spotted Eagle Fire Update 8-29-15 9:00pm

BIA Rte 1 Closed from browning to Heart Butte and from Heart Butte to Birch Creek.

The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4 has assumed management of all current fires on the RMRD, and are working closely with local FS personnel, counties, and the Blackfeet Tribe...

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Spotted Eagle Fire Update 8-29-15

The Spotted Eagle Fire made little progress last evening, and as of 9am this morning, is still about 3 miles from Heart Butte.

The fire crossed the western boundary of the Blackfeet reservation Friday afternoon, and strong winds quickly pushed it to the Mitten Lake and Green Lake areas...

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Spotted Eagle Fire Update

The Spotted Eagle fire started in remote, heavy timber; actively burning in upper Lonesome Creek drainage in the Badger Creek area of the Lewis and Clark National Forest...

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Heart Butte Evacuated

Spotted Eagle Fire is near Mitten Lake and Green Lake, approx 3 miles from Heart Butte. (Updated 8:30pm)

The Blackfeet Tribal Council has declared an emergency in the Heart Butte area, and has order the evacuation of all residents in Heart Butte to the Palookaville Road...

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A helicopter drops water on small fire. (Photo: Samsara Chapman, Patrol Lookout, USFS)
A helicopter drops water on small fire. (Photo: Samsara Chapman, Patrol Lookout, USFS)
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Benchmark Fire Update 8-28-15 10:15am

The Benchmark Fire, west of Augusta, forced the evacuation of a number of private, commercial, and forest service cabins earlier this week...

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A Bobcat kitten supervises firefighters working near Muddy Creek (USFS Photo)
A Bobcat kitten supervises firefighters working near Muddy Creek (USFS Photo)
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Fires Near Swift, Gibson Reservoirs 8-28-15 10:00am

The Family Peak Wildfire Complex consists of 4 fires totaling 941 acres (as mapped using GPS from 8/22 patrol flight) in the southern Badger-Two Medicine area, north and west of Swift Reservoir...

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