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On their way to work on the Going-to-the-Sun Road (GTSR) on April 21, 2016, plowing crews discovered an avalanche more than 30 feet deep blocking the road at Haystack Creek. The avalanche is blocking the road and debris is plugging the stone archway that spans Haystack Creek. Due to continuing avalanche danger, crews will wait for safer conditions before returning to plow on the GTSR. (Photo: NPS)
On their way to work on the Going-to-the-Sun Road (GTSR) on April 21, 2016, plowing crews discovered an avalanche more than 30 feet deep blocking the road at Haystack Creek. The avalanche is blocking the road and debris is plugging the stone archway that spans Haystack Creek. Due to continuing avalanche danger, crews will wait for safer conditions before returning to plow on the GTSR. (Photo: NPS)
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Glacier Nat’l Park: Many Glacier, Chief Mountain Roads Open

Warm Weather Triggers Avalanches on Going-to-the-Sun Road

WEST GLACIER, MT – The National Park Service announced today that Many Glacier and Chief Mountain Roads on the east side of the Park are now open to vehicles for the season...

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UM Assistant Professor John McCutcheon earned a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his study of the bacteria living inside of cicadas. Photo credit: Todd Goodrich
UM Assistant Professor John McCutcheon earned a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his study of the bacteria living inside of cicadas. Photo credit: Todd Goodrich
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UM Professor Earns Prestigious CAREER Award from National Science Foundation

            MISSOULA University of Montana Assistant Professor John McCutcheon recently received the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for junior faculty...

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Fall Roadwork in Glacier National Park

Visitors should anticipate minor traffic delays
 
WEST GLACIER, MT.  – Going-to-the-Sun Road construction is ongoing and will continue this fall on the east side of Glacier National Park...

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UM Professors Work with NASA to Examine Climate Change Impacts

MISSOULA – As part of a broad effort to study the environmental and societal effects of climate change, NASA has begun a multiyear field campaign to investigate ecological impacts of the rapidly changing climate in Alaska and northwestern Canada, such as the thawing of permafrost, wildfires and changes to wildlife habitats...

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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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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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Sunday on Northwester Outdoors Radio:

The Northwestern Outdoors Crew is on the road so we are taking you back to The Dalles in Oregon's scenic Columbia Gorge for a fun-filled show...

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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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Bear Creek cabin is being wrapped to protect it from the Bear Creek Fire. (USFS Photo)
Bear Creek cabin is being wrapped to protect it from the Bear Creek Fire. (USFS Photo)
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Flathead Nat’l Forest Wildfire Update 8-26-15

Flathead National Forest officials are busy dealing with 18 wildfires, in addition to the three (Sheep, Granite, Spruce) that are being managed by the Incident Command Team responsible for the Thompson-Divide Complex...

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New Wildfire in the Benchmark Area Forces Evacuations

Early afternoon on August 25, 2015 a fire was reported on the Lewis & Clark National Forest's Rocky Mountain District burning approximately 1 mile west of the north end of the Benchmark Airstrip, west of Augusta. Di...

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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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