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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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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. In advance of t

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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. Expect delays of 10-15 minutes.

The BNSF and

Firefighters hold the line against the Sucker Creek Fire on the Helena Nat'l Forest north of Lincoln. (USFS Photo)
Firefighters hold the line against the Sucker Creek Fire on the Helena Nat'l Forest north of Lincoln. (USFS Photo)
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Sucker Creek Fire Update 8-25-15 11:00am

All evacuations have been lifted. Area closures still in place until further notice.

The lightning-caused Sucker Creek Fire, which is currently burning in the Sucker Creek area on the Lincoln Ranger District, is now approximately 2790 acres, and 55% contained. The fire is in

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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.m. at the Izaak Walton Hotel pavilion in Essex. Representatives from the Incident Management Team will provide information on the status of these fires and future operational plans.
The T

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A firefighter patrols the Bear Creek Fire along Spotted Bear River Rd. 8-16-15 (USFS Photo)
A firefighter patrols the Bear Creek Fire along Spotted Bear River Rd. 8-16-15 (USFS Photo)
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Spotted Bear District Fires Update 8-24-15 9:00am

Bear Creek Fire:  SIZE: 19,595 Acres   Fire crews continue to mop up hot spots in the Meadow Creek Trailhead and the Meadow Creek Outfitter’s corral.  Engines are patrolling the Gorge Creek Road #549 between Meadow Creek Trailhead and Gorge Creek Trailhead to mop up hot spots and remove hazard trees.  Additional en

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The Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burns west of Highway 2 between Mile Markers 182 and 181 about 1 mile south of Essex, MT, Aug. 22, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor)
The Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burns west of Highway 2 between Mile Markers 182 and 181 about 1 mile south of Essex, MT, Aug. 22, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor)
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Thompson Wildfire Complex Update 8-24-15 8:00am

Sheep Fire is 1 Mile from Essex

Highway 2 is open. 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 ha

A firefighter works on the Haywood Creek fire 8-21-15 (USFS Photo)
A firefighter works on the Haywood Creek fire 8-21-15 (USFS Photo)
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L&C Nat’l Forest Wildfire Update 8-21-15

There are currently 11 fires burning on the Lewis & Clark National Forest. Most are very small, and all were caused by lightning in early August.

Current Status of the Family Creek Complex: Total acres – 698 (more accurate mapping from infrared 8/20)

Fires are currently creeping and smoldering. Structure protection established at

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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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