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Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 22, 2016

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

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
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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.

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's Current Water Supply and Moisture Conditions by County
Montana DNRC

Montana’s fire season has been ‘pretty benign’ so far and it’s not expected to get much worse. That’s how Harold Gemmell characterized it today to the Governor’s Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 17, 2016

Aug 17, 2016
A helicopter returns from dumping water on the Roaring Lion Fire on August 15, 2016
Inciweb

The latest on wildfires around western Montana.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 16, 2016

Aug 16, 2016
The Incident Command Post of the Roaring Lion Fire on August 15, 2016
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Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 15, 2016

Aug 15, 2016
Smoke becomes more visible from the distant Roaring Lion Fire on August 14, 2016
Inciweb

The latest on wildfires around western Montana.

Wildlife researchers found elk benefited from a wider variety of summer range vegetation in burned areas.
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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Kelly Proffitt says a study has found that wildfires may be good for elk habitat.

Fourteen years after a fire burned in the East Fork of the Bitterroot River drainage, a 2014 study found elk in that area had had better body fat, more pregnancies and higher calf survival going into the winter months than elk that spent their summers along the West Fork of the Bitterroot.

Wildlife researchers found elk benefited from a wider variety of summer range vegetation in the burned areas.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 12, 2016

Aug 12, 2016
The interior of the Copper King Fire outside of Thompson Falls on August 9, 2016
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The latest on wildfires around western Montana.

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