Fire Season

Seepay Fire
1:29 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Seepay Fire Wrapping Up

The picturesque Seepay fire camp on the north bank of the Flathead

As firefighters scrambled to tackle a new fire in Lewis and Clark County, fire crews working the 1,060-acre Seepay west of Dixon are now starting to demobilize.

That lightning-caused fire was first reported on August 13th. It's been fought by over 200 people and is under the jurisdiction of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes.

Public information officer, Bob MacGregor, says the original plan was to have Incident Commander Diane Hutton's Type II fire management team turn the effort over to a tribal Type III team:

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Recent Storms
3:40 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

The Rain Was Great, But Much More Is Needed

Credit Josh Burnham (CC-BY)

The soaking rain that fell in parts of Western Montana dramatically cooled temperatures yesterday and came as welcome respite from the very hot and dry conditions of the past few weeks.

Fire officials, however, caution the rain by no means qualifies as a "season-ending" event.
       Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation's Jordan Koppen says the rain storm that parked over the Missoula valley yesterday was great to see:
      

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-Fire Season
6:54 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Crews Working Two Fire Starts

Fire crews are fighting - and mopping up after, respectively - two new fires on the Lolo National Forest. Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig  says one is called the Fire Creek Fire. That's a lightning caused fire approximately three miles northwest of the Stark Lookout and 22 miles northwest of Missoula on the Ninemile Ranger District. As of 6:30 this evening, the fire was two acres and burning in thick, downed vegetation. The location is remote and no structures are threatened. Fire behavior has been active, with single tree torching.

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Fire Season
3:09 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Fire Season Information

Forest fires in Glacier National Park in 2003
Credit National Park Service

Here are links and phone numbers for up-to-date information about fire season in the Northern Rockies, including restrictions and closures, and local air quality.

Firewise - be proactive in making your home or landscape safer from wildfire http://www.firewise.org/wildfire-preparedness/be-firewise/home-and-landscape.aspx

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Breaking news
12:14 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Evacuation order for Miller Creek fire lifted

This from the Montana DNRC:

The Evacuation Order for residents on Oral Zumwalt Way and throughout the Upper Trails End Road area has been lifted. Residents can now return to their homes. These roads and other roads in the area are only open to residents and firefighters.

 

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Breaking news
11:32 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Upper Miller Creek fire update

New information from the DNRC (11:27):

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Breaking news
11:04 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Grass fire prompts evacuation order east of Lolo, east of Bitterroot River

Credit Danny Dauterive

An evacuation has been ordered for residents living on Oral

Zumwalt Way, southeast of Miller Creek Road, east of Lolo and east of the Bitterroot River. The fire is approximately 50 acres and being pushed by gusty winds. Firefighting resources are arriving on the scene and beginning to suppress the fire. Nonresidents are asked to not use Upper or Lower Miller Creek Roads at this time so fire equipment can get in and residents on Oral Zumwalt Way can safely leave. More information will be out as soon as it is available...

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Evacuee Stories
2:20 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Evacuees share stories – and lessons – from the Lolo Creek fire

Sleeman Gulch residents (l to r): Mark Johnson, Sally Cummins, Kirk Derby, Rob McDonough, Christine Wren, Karna Sundby, Ken Olsen
Credit Sally Mauk

Five homes have been lost in the Lolo Creek Complex fire but hundreds more were saved when firefighters managed to stop the fire's progress along Highway 12 and eastward toward Sleeman Gulch.

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NYC Firefighter
11:27 am
Mon August 26, 2013

From 9/11 to Lolo: NYC firefighter proud of his service

NYC Assistant Fire Chief Ron Spadafora and News Director Sally Mauk
Credit Thomas Kempton

Firefighters from around the country are helping fight the Lolo Creek Complex fire west of Lolo, and some, like New York City assistant fire chief Ron Spadafora are there to learn more about how fires are fought in the West.

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Fire Update
11:12 am
Sun August 25, 2013

BPA powerline a concern near Lolo Creek fire

Putting out hot spots along Highway 12
Credit Sally Mauk

Firefighters on the ground and from the air continue to wage what they're calling "a slugfest" on the north edge of the Lolo Creek Complex fire.

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