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Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 26, 2016

Aug 26, 2016
Crews on the Roaring Lion Fire conduct a burn out operation on August 25, 2016
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New Closures In Effect For Copper King Fire

Aug 26, 2016
Map of area closures due to the Copper King fire near Thompson Falls Montana.

The Copper King fire, burning on just over 22,000 acres east of Thompson Falls, has new closures in effect.

“We do want to just step up the suppression efforts, and in order to do that, closing off this area will just make it that much more safe for the public, and easier for the fire crews to do their work,” says Fire Information officer Christi Powers.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 25, 2016

Aug 25, 2016
A firefighter on the Bierny Creek Fire near Lakeside, MT.
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The latest news on wildfires around western Montana.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 24, 2016

Aug 24, 2016
The Berry Fire in Wyoming has caused Yellowstone National Park to close their southern entrance. Photograph taken on August 23, 2016.

The latest news on wildfires around western Montana.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency for 20 Eastern Washington counties in response to multiple wildfires that threaten homes and natural resources.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 23, 2016

Aug 23, 2016
View from Polson beach area overlooking southern Flathead Lake. Smoke obscures the northern Mission Mountains on the afternoon of August 23, 2016.
Nicky Ouellet

The latest on wildfires around western Montana.

A roadblock at the intersection of Starwood and Grant Creek Road.
Edward O'Brien

At least one “fifth-wheel" residence, several vehicles and some outbuildings burned in a fire that quickly swept through a Missoula neighborhood yesterday evening.

The Colorado Gulch Fire ignited in timber and grass at about 6:30.

It’s burned at least 10 to 20 acres in Missoula’s Grant Creek neighborhood north of Interstate 90.

No injuries were reported.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 22, 2016

Aug 22, 2016
HB-481 would allow counties to have the initial attack authority on wildfires.

The latest news on wildfires around western Montana.

Hotshot teams from around Montana gathered to pay tribute to Justin Beebe on Saturday, August 20, 2016
Mara Silvers

Beneath a giant American Flag, a dozen green hotshot crew carriers from around Montana sat with their lights flashing outside Ogren Stadium in Missoula on Saturday morning to honor Justin Beebe.

Beebe was a Lolo Hotshot who died fighting the Strawberry Fire in Nevada last Saturday. He is the only U.S. Forest Service firefighter to die in the line of duty this year.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 19, 2016

Aug 19, 2016
The Maple Fire in Yellowstone National Park burns through a variety of fuels on August 14, 2016

The latest on wildfires around western Montana.

Last Update: 10:00 a.m. 08/19/16

In Yellowstone National Park, five fires continue to burn over 10,000 acres. Some, like the 191 acre Boundary Fire and the one acre Thumb Fire, are being suppressed with teams of smoke jumpers and other aerial resources.