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Dan and Michelle Schurg show how close the Lolo Peak Fire got to their home in the Folsom Road neighborhood near Florence.
Mike Albans

This fire season has seen numerous evacuation orders across Montana, but some people choose to stay, saying they want to be present to defend their homes. Among them were Dan and Michelle Schurg.

In the wee hours of August 17, The Lolo Peak Fire destroyed two homes in their Florence-area neighborhood. Dan, Michelle and a friend defied a mandatory evacuation order to defend the Schurg home in the upper reaches of the Folsom Road area. 

Tribes are gathering in Yellowstone National Park this weekend to demand two place names change. Leaders of the Blackfoot Confederacy and Great Sioux Nation are fed up that Hayden Valley and Mount Doan memorialize men who advocated for the genocide of Native Americans.

Last night Senator Steve Daines held what he calls a “tele-townhall,” one of the periodic conference calls he invites Montanans to join, in which he takes a few questions from callers. This one was also live streamed on his Facebook page. The topic was forest management and wildfires.

State lawmakers got an update on September 14 on Montana’s new medical marijuana regulation program.

State lawmakers got an update on September 14 on Montana’s new medical marijuana regulation program. The program will launch at the end of next April. 

Montana Wildfire Roundup For September 13, 2017

Sep 13, 2017
CL415 super scooper working the Sprague Fire, September 10, 2017.

At 2:00 this afternoon an evacuation warning was issued for the Apgar area of Glacier National Park in anticipation of a weather change on the Sprague Fire there.

 “We anticipate the warning to be of short duration, as soon as the cold front moves through sometime between six and twelve tonight we are anticipating that we will get somewhere between a tenth and three-tenths of an inch of rain here on the fire."