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Montana Wildfire Roundup For July 5, 2016

Jul 5, 2016
A firefighter looks on as trees burn in the Pole and Fine fires near Ennis, Montana July 3, 2016.
Inciweb

The latest news on wildfires burning around western Montana.

MTPR

Montana lawmakers have rejected a call for a special legislative session by a group of Republicans who want to raise campaign contribution limits.

The investigation continues into an alleged arson at a fire station just outside of Kalispell.
Flickr user Ariane Middel (CC-BY-2.0)

The investigation continues into an alleged arson at a fire station just outside of Kalispell.

Corin Cates-Carney

The Republican candidate for Governor made an appearance during the Arlee powwow over the weekend as the GOP reaches out to native voters.

InciWeb

The U.S. Forest Service says that yesterday, crews were able to hold the fire line on the Observation Fire burning on about 1,400 acres 10 miles southwest of Hamilton, "even though lines were tested by strong winds for the past two days."

The agency reported heavy smoke yesterday, "due to the fire actively burning in the Hayes Creek bowl within the interior of the fire."

Heavy equipment continued to build contingency line from Camas Creek trail to the top of the ridge. Crews continue to mop up along the southwestern and southeastern flanks of the fire.

Mike Albans

The last day of this year's Arlee powwow on the Flathead Reservation was dedicated to the tribes' oldest living veterans.

InciWeb

More than a hundred personnel were added to the Observation fire since yesterday. A total of 526 people are fighting the fire, including the crews of eight aircraft, 21 fire engines, 15 bulldozers and 7 water trucks. 

A Forest Service press release says the fire was most active yesterday near Hayes Creek and Camas Creek, (click here for a map) threatening the retardant line on the northeast side of the fire. Helicopters started dropping less water and more retardant. 

Voters this November will decide the future of traps and snares on Montana’s public lands. A proposal to end commercial and recreational trapping on Montana’s public lands will appear on November’s ballot.
Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks

Voters this November will decide the future of traps and snares on Montana’s public lands. A proposal to end commercial and recreational trapping on Montana’s public lands will appear on November’s ballot.

An arial view of the Pole and Fine fires burning southwest of Ennis.
Beaverhad-Deerlodge National Forest

Fire officials say they expect the thousand-acre Observation fire southwest of Hamilton to continue spreading, because the fire is moving west into “rugged, inaccessible terrain.” There’s a public meeting about the fire tonight at 7:00 at the community center in Darby.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for a breezy and mostly dry July 4 weekend.
National Weather Service

As early wildfires spark up around the state, Montanans need to be extra careful celebrating this Fourth of July weekend.

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