Wildlife

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. District personnel located and initial attacked the fire on the ground but had to w…
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 Amtrak trains are running...
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...
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 fut…
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 …
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 have been running. For more information on Amtrak call 1-(800) 872-7245...
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 smol…
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 fires continue to burn and fuels are expected to dry out today as temperatures rise and l…
Sucker Creek Fire Update 8-21-15 9:30am
The Sucker Creek Fire continues to burn on 2740 acres, 6 miles northeast of Lincoln, on the Helena National Forest. Movement continues to be away from town, toward the 2003 Snow Talon Fire burn scar. The fire is 25% contained.
Weather: The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning today …
Sucker Creek Fire Update 8-20-15
232 Firefighters continue efforts to control the Sucker Creek Fire, which now covers 2740 acres north of Lincoln on the Helena National Forest. The fire is 25% contained, and has moved into the burn scar from a 2003 wildfire.  Due to concerns for firefighter safety and multiple incident objectives, …

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