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.
- Air Quality Update for Western Montana, August 23, 2017
- USFWS Reopens Public Comment On Future Of National Bison Range
- Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 22, 2017
- State Drafts Rules For Disposal Of Radioactive Oil Waste
- Lolo Fire Team Leader Says Investigation Underway Into Destroyed Homes
- Missoula's Russell Street Bridge Closed Aug 29 - 30
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.
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.