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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. On August 28, 2015, the fire expanded and crossed the Forest boundary and onto the Blackfeet Reservation west-northwest of Heart Butte, Montana. The fire was be

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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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Tribe, Red Cross Open Heart Butte Evacuee Shelter in Browning

Blackfeet Nation and American Red Cross of Montana Join Forces to Care for Spotted-Eagle Fire Evacuees

Browning, MT, August 28, 2015The Blackfeet Nation and American Red Cross of Montana have jointly opened a shelter in Browning for the evacuees of the Spotted-Eagle fire, which is part of the Family Peak Complex Fire. The shelter is located at 80 Heart Butte Road in Browning, MT 5941

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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.as it is approaching US Hwy. 2 and the BNSF

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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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(Photo: Anne James)
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Air Quality Alert: Oh, Say Can You See?

Not so much, these days. (You'll have to take my word for it - that photo below is Shelby from the north I-15 interchange.) For many folks, just breathing has become a real issue.

The following information is from Kristi Akelstad, Toole County Public Health Nurse :

With fires covering over 600,000 acres of the northwest and raging, smoke is in the air

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Grover’s Great Adventure – Friday August 28

Everyday, you'll see a post here on our websites with a photo of Grover at about 1pm- we'll ask you to identify Grover's location. We'll give you some time and draw from the correct responses the next day at noon

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Remember George Strait’s First No. 1 Single? [Listen]

It’s the song that started it all for George Strait. Believe it or not, it actually took a few tries before the King would nab his first No. 1 on the country charts. 59 others would follow during a 33-year (and counting) career. Do you remember which song hit the top of the charts first?

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Starting off with a Change to Our Schedule

We've just received word that the Browning at Polson game will not be played tonight - they're looking at some other options, so we'll let you know what happens there. The old saying "The Show Must Go On" will apply to our broadcast schedule this evening and we'll be bringing you High School football

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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. The evacuation order remains in effect.

Hand crews working Thursday with support from helicopter bucket drops, built off of progress made Wednesday and constructed additional fire line

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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. A Type II Incident Management Team has assumed management of the Family Peak Complex as

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Everything’s Coming Up Hoses

The 3rd Annual Guns & Hoses Softball Game is coming up this Sunday afternoon down in Conrad at the Conrad Sports Complex Field, & it's going to be a BLAST! Law Enforcement & the Volunteer Fire Department will be battling it out beginning at noon on Sunday & get this: Admission is ONE can of food for the Pondera Food Bank! Talk about good clean family friendly FUN for a GREAT cause & we're talking Sunday afternoon baseball! There will be a free will donation barbecue going on too with proceeds going to the Cops 4 Kids Shop. Take me out to the

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