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A view of the Little Joe Fire from Thursday, August 27, 2015.
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Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 28, 2015

Stage 2 fire restrictions went into effect in the Missoula area today. The restrictions apply to public and private lands in Missoula, Mineral, Sanders, Granite and Ravalli counties, including the Lolo and Bitterroot National Forests, BLM and state lands.
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Evening Newscast 08-28-15

17 hours ago
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Stage 2 fire restrictions went into effect in the Missoula area today. The restrictions apply to all lands in Missoula, Mineral, Sanders, Granite and Ravalli counties, including the Lolo and Bitterroot National Forests.

A new pre-evacuation notice was posted this morning for an area south of Troy. Two housing developments on the shores of Bull Lake are in the pre-evacuation area, which is along a six mile stretch of Highway 56. The Sanders County Sheriff’s department says residents in the pre-evacuation area should be monitoring emergency services information and be ready to leave quickly.

The entire Northern Rockies will feel both immediate and long-term impacts of a powerful cold front moving into the region this weekend. Meteorologist Genki Keno with the National Weather Service office in Missoula says the system packs strong winds and hits western Montana tomorrow afternoon.

Air quality is poor across Montana due to wildfires burning in the western U.S.
Montana DEQ

Smoke levels across most of Montana spiked today, with air quality readings reaching "Very Unhealthy" in several locations, including Missoula, Great Falls, and the Flathead Valley; and reaching the highest warning level, "Hazardous" in Hamilton.

Meteorologist Kristen Martin with Montana Department of Environmental Quality says the smoke could get even worse before it starts to get better over the weekend.

flikr user Garry Knight (CC-BY-2)

The entire Northern Rockies will feel both immediate and long-term impacts of a powerful cold front moving into the region this weekend.

Meteorologist Genki Keno with the National Weather Service office in Missoula says the system hits western Montana Saturday afternoon. It packs sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles-per-hour with gusts of up to 40 miles-per-hour.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 28, 2015

19 hours ago
A view of the Little Joe Fire from Thursday, August 27, 2015.
Inciweb

Stage 2 fire restrictions went into effect in the Missoula area today. The restrictions apply to public and private lands in Missoula, Mineral, Sanders, Granite and Ravalli counties, including the Lolo and Bitterroot National Forests, BLM and state lands.

Sign greeting visitors to West Glacier Montana
flickr user J. Stephen Conn (CC-BY-NC-2)

When the Sheep Fire’s growth toward the town of Essex required evacuation of the town and surrounding area Thursday, residents were ready to go, and the nearby town of West Glacier was ready to help. An evacuation center was established just hours after Essex residents were evacuated.

Eric Whitney

About a hundred people came to Missoula’s Har Shalom synagogue this morning to be part of a protest against a new shipping terminal on the coast of Washington. Opponents say the terminal will cause environmental problems.

A view of the Sheep Fire on the afternoon of Thursday August, 27.
Courtesy Gregg DeNitto/Inciweb

Fire officials, evacuees and members of the community gathered in the gym of West Glacier Elementary School last night hours after the town of Essex evacuated.

More than 50 people filled the small gym as crew members on the Thompson Divide Complex explained how the Sheep Fire's recent movement made evacuation the right call.

Morning Newscast 08-28-15

Aug 28, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: fire officials, evacuees and members of the community gathered in the gym of West Glacier Elementary School last night hours after the town of Essex evacuated.

In far northwest Montana, the Clark Fork Complex of six fires continues to threaten homes near the town of Noxon. Fire managers now have a better picture of the challenges they face.

It looks like there may be progress in the dispute between Montana and the U.S. Forest Service over firefighting helicopters.

An ancient cedar grove appears to have survived a wildfire that burned through northern Idaho, leaving officials optimistic about the chances a similar stand in Montana will survive.

Evening Newscast 08-27-15

Aug 27, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: A mandatory evacuation of Essex and the surrounding area was ordered around 2:45 p.m. by the Flathead County Sheriff's Office.

Also evacuated today were outfitters camps, cabins and homes south of Interstate 90 near Tarkio, MT. The West Fork Fish Creek Fire had burned to within about three miles of the Clearwater Crossing Campground in the Fish Creek area. Several ranches and structures are threatened by the fire.

Fifteen residents of the Montana Developmental Center will be moved to group homes over the next month, in part because of a staff shortage at the center.

In far northwest Montana, the Clark Fork Complex of six fires continues to threaten homes near the town of Noxon. But fire managers now have a better picture of the challenges they face.

Committee members tour the common room in the high security Assessment and Stabilization Unit, or ASU.   Up to four residents share the building.  The furniture is designed to resist damage.
Steve Jess

Fifteen residents of the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder will be moved to group homes over the next month, in part because of a staff shortage at the Center.

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