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The Adair Peak Fire in Glacier National Park Sunday
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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.

Smoke from the Rice Ridge Fire obscures the view from Seeley Lake, August 2017.
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The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office has downgraded the evacuation orders for residents in Seeley Lake near the Rice Ridge Fire.

According to a post made by the sheriff’s office Sunday morning, effective at 8 a.m. the evacuation orders for zones 2 and 3 have been reduced to evacuation warnings.

UPDATED 7:45 p.m.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office has removed the evacuation warning for the homes near the roughly 200 acre fire burning in the O’Rea Creek and Fleshman Creek area northwest of Livingston.

Director of Emergency Management for Park County Greg Coleman says the fire is under control and no homes are threatened. Fire crews will continue to monitor the fire area overnight.

Glacier National Park in northwest Montana is known for its rugged, wild nature. But even in the farthest reaches of the backcountry, weary hikers and horseback riders could always count on a soft cot and hot meal at one of the park's oldest lodges, the Sperry Chalet.

Lolo National Forest

Updated 7:00 p.m.

Officials on the Alice Creek fire announced at about 5pm that they are evacuating homes along highway 200, from mile post 92 east to Highway 435-434. The evacuations are mandatory and there is a temporary shelter being opened up at the Wolf Creek School.

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