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Greg Poncin is Incident Commander on the Lolo Peak Fire.
Edward O'Brien

Lolo Fire Team Leader Says Investigation Underway Into Destroyed Homes

On Monday Lolo Peak Fire managers said their burnout operations on the Lolo Peak Fire "probably" led to the destruction of two homes and several outbuildings. Tuesday, they took a more circumspect approach. Greg Poncin is Incident Commander on the Lolo Peak Fire. MTPR's Edward O'Brien spoke to Poncin Tuesday at his fire camp outside of Florence.

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State Drafts Rules For Disposal Of Radioactive Oil Waste

For the first time ever, The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has published draft rules overseeing the disposal of radioactive oil waste in the state . But some conservationists say the rules don’t go far enough. Ed Thamke of the DEQ says radioactive oil waste isn’t as bad as it sounds.

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'That Wild And Purple Wilderness' Depends On The Ancient, Tenacious Sagebrush

I’ve always been impressed by survivors, especially here in the arid, unforgiving West. No species better demonstrates this survival instinct for me than does the lowly Artemisia tridentata , better known as big sagebrush. And few other species come as close to communicating such a significant part of the nature of the landscape.

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Today's air quality report from Missoula City-County Air Quality Specialist Sarah Coefield:

USFWS Reopens Public Comment On Future Of National Bison Range
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says they are reopening the public comment period on the future of the National Bison Range. That’s in response to feedback the agency got earlier.

Service officials will hold a public meeting in Missoula next week.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 22, 2017

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After saying yesterday that burnout operations on the Lolo Peak Fire were likely responsible for destroying two homes and several outbuildings, fire managers are now saying they need more information to be sure.

For the first time ever, The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has published draft rules overseeing the disposal of radioactive oil waste in the state. But some conservationists say the rules don’t go far enough.

Ed Thamke of the DEQ says radioactive oil waste isn’t as bad as it sounds.

Greg Poncin is Incident Commander on the Lolo Peak Fire.
Edward O'Brien

On Monday Lolo Peak Fire managers said their burnout operations on the Lolo Peak Fire "probably" led to the destruction of two homes and several outbuildings. Tuesday, they took a more circumspect approach.

Greg Poncin is Incident Commander on the Lolo Peak Fire. MTPR's Edward O'Brien spoke to Poncin Tuesday at his fire camp outside of Florence.

The Montana Department of Transportation and the City of Missoula announced today that resurfacing work on the Russell Street Bridge will take place on August 29 and 30, requiring closure of the bridge to through traffic both days.

A timber sale that aims to reduce fire danger has been approved by the Bitterroot National Forest near last year’s Roaring Lion fire site.

Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King announced Tuesday that Pyramid Mountain Lumber of Seeley Lake has been awarded a timber contract for the Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project on the Darby/Sula Ranger District.  The project includes over 2,000 acres of National Forest System lands between Lost Horse Creek and Roaring Lion Creek southwest of Hamilton.

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“Plenty of romantic moments will make starry-eyed readers swoon”

―Kirkus Reviews

Anna’s older sister (and idol), Storm, has just died in a tragic car accident on the night of her high school graduation. Anna is completely lost until she finds her sister’s summer bucket list and decides to honor her memory by trying to complete it. She and her neighbor (and sister’s lifelong best friend) Cameron set off on an epic cross-country journey (#9: Road Trip!) to the coast from her sleepy Iowa town.

It’s a regular ‘potluck Freeforms’ this Wednesday, August 23 at 11:00 a.m. on Montana Public Radio.

“ No time for a thoughtful presentation. I’m just going with what the station has on hand,” remarks Gus Chambers, your 4th Wednesday of every month Freeforms host.

Sagebrush near San Luis, CO.
Flickr user Jeff B (CC-BY-2.0)

I’ve always been impressed by survivors, especially here in the arid, unforgiving West. No species better demonstrates this survival instinct for me than does the lowly Artemisia tridentata, better known as big sagebrush. And few other species come as close to communicating such a significant part of the nature of the landscape.

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