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How Devastating Are Wildfires To Deer And Elk?

Oct 28, 2016

While watching an evening newscast about Montana wildfires, I saw some TV footage of deer and elk fleeing burning areas and listened to speculation by the newscasters of how many animals might be killed during the fires. I was reminded of watching the movie Bambi as a child, and fearing for Bambi’s life as he fled that fictional wildfire many decades ago.

Live and beetle killed trees in the Helena National Forest.
Steve Jess

Local environmental groups, timber industry representatives, and state and federal agencies will meet in Missoula this week to talk about collaboration. The two-day workshop is put on by the Western Governors' Association.

Smoke and flames from the Berry Fire hit Highway 89 on September 11, 2016
Inciweb

The Berry Fire in Grand Teton National Park has increased rapidly in activity, forcing a closure on Highway 89 between the Yellowstone South Entrance and Lizard Creek Campground.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For September 2, 2016

Sep 2, 2016
Distant smoke is visible from the Nez Perce Fire, located 11 miles northeast of Butte, on September 1, 2016
Inciweb

The latest news on wildfires around western Montana.

Smoke from the Copper King Fire, north of Thompson Falls, MT, August 1, 2016.
inciweb

Montana’s average annual firefighting costs range from $15 to $20 million. This year’s tab may end up costing about half that if conditions don’t get much worse.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For September 1, 2016

Sep 1, 2016
The sunrise over the Copper King Fire's Incident Command Post on September 1, 2016
Shawn Ostberg/Inciweb

The latest news on wildfires around western Montana.

Governor Steve Bullock announced today he’s committing $1.5 million of state fire suppression funds for various forest restoration and fuel reduction projects.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-2.0)

Governor Steve Bullock announced today he’s committing $1.5 million of state fire suppression funds for various forest restoration and fuel reduction projects.

Montana State Forester Bob Harrington says this is a great use of that money:

InciWeb

  The latest news on wildfires around western Montana.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 30, 2016

Aug 30, 2016
Single engine air tanker (SEAT) returning to Plains, Montana airport from the burnout operation on August 29. SEATs have been dropping water in support of burnout and fireline construction on both the north and south sides of the Copper King Fire.
Inciweb
A Red Flag Fire Weather Warning is posted for Tuesday afternoon for most of northwest and west-central Montana.
National Weather Service Missoula

A Red Flag Fire Weather Warning is posted for Tuesday afternoon for most of northwest and west-central Montana.

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