Updated 6:15 p.m. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster assistance for two more wildfires in northwestern Montana.
FEMA funding is now available to pay 75 percent of the state's eligible firefighting costs for the Moose Peak and Highway 200 Complex fires in Lincoln and Sanders Counties. Those fires are threatening 925 homes and businesses in and around Plains, and 45 homes and businesses southeast of Libby. The state's applications, filed yesterday, said the fires are also threatening power and telephone transmission lines, cellphone towers, a gas pipeline, highway bridges and watersheds.
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Fire officials on the Sprague Fire burning in Glacier National Park had good news and bad news at a public fire meeting at Park Headquarters Wednesday night. The good news, they told a standing room only crowd of more than 150 people, is that the smoke choking the Flathead Valley has also been dampening fire activity, holding the Sprague Fire at roughly 13,000 acres.
Submissions for the most prolific documentary event in the American West are now open to another documentary form. The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has issued an open call for audio documentaries for consideration in an all-new AudioDocs program to be presented at the 15th annual festival in Missoula, Montana, February 16-25, 2018.