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Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 18, 2016

Aug 18, 2016
Aerial photo of the Roaring Lion Fire in the Ward Bowl area on August 17, 2016
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The latest on wildfires around western Montana.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 15, 2016

Aug 15, 2016
Smoke becomes more visible from the distant Roaring Lion Fire on August 14, 2016
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The latest on wildfires around western Montana.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 1, 2016

Aug 1, 2016
Roaring Lion Fire hours after it blew up on July 31, 2016.
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The latest news on wildfires around western Montana.

Wildfire Burning Near Thompson Falls

Jul 31, 2016

A 200 acre fire is burning 8 miles east of Thompson Falls and a mile north of Highway 200 on the Plains-Thompson Ranger District. No structures are currently threatened by the Copper King Fire, but the fire is visible from Highway 200. Officials are asking motorists to avoid the area if possible, and not stop on the highway to view the fire.

UPDATE 3:45 p.m.:
Environmental health experts say chemicals were in a non-hazardous state and have largely disbursed and diluted. No sulfuric acid reaction. No reports of fish/wildlife kills. Rivers and access sites to re-open shortly.

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Citing an "abundance of caution", Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Regional Fisheries Manager, Pat Saffel, says the Blackfoot and Clark Fork rivers from Johnsrud Park, west into Missoula are closed down due to a chemical spill.

A semi tractor trailer rolled over near mile-marker 3, near Marco Flats on Highway 200 east of Bonner this morning, spilling an undetermined amount of chemicals into the Blackfoot River. 

Missoula County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman, Paige Pavalone, says officials don't yet know much about the specific chemicals, only that, "if mixed with water, there can be unknown risks."

A hazardous materials team is on scene and a boom is in the water to contain the spill.