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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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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. Pilot cars will guide traffic through the area of the Sheep Fire, which remains just 1/8 of a mile from the BNSF train tracks

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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. The Incident Co

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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. The Sheep fire

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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/ Family Peak Complex Fire Updates 8-29-15 2:30pm

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING 4PM TODAY AT THE ACA COMPLEX, 80 HEART BUTTE ROAD, BROWNING.

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, 2

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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. 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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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. 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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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!   Guide Walleye Willie Ross tells you about four seasons of fishing available on the Columbia River, Chad Sperry has got the scoop on where to go bicycling around here for the day and Bambi Foy shares her raptors with you at the Gorge Discovery Center!  In addition to this we've got new material courtesy of Lance Merz during an extended Macks Minute and our weekly trivia question from Sportsman's Warehouse where you have a chance to win a $25 gift card we give away every week on our show!

Hear the Northwestern Outdoors Radio Show every Sunday morning at 5:00am (MDT) on 96

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This map shows the location of the Benchmark Fire, west of Augusta on the Lewis & Clark National Forest, and trail closures related to the fire. (USFS Photo)
This map shows the location of the Benchmark Fire, west of Augusta on the Lewis & Clark National Forest, and trail closures related to the fire. (USFS Photo)
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Benchmark Fire Update 8-27-15 9:00am

The Benchmark Fire is now 50 acres, burning approximately 1 mile west of the north end of the Benchmark Airstrip on the Lewis & Clark National Forest's Rocky Mountain District.

The fire is burning in heavy timber and steep slopes on a ridge between Straight Creek and the South Fork of the Sun River. Fi

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