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Frenchtown Crews Respond to Early Morning Wildfire – State Headlines

Frenchtown Fire and DNRC crews responded to an early morning wildfire reported off I-90 just west of Missoula.

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Prescribed Burns Planned for April on Area National Forests

Plumes of smoke can be seen throughout the national forests throughout the spring, as officials use fire as a tool to protect habitat and forestall greater danger during the upcoming fire season.

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‘Moderate’ Fire Danger Announced for Missoula County – Outdoor Burning Permits Issued

Rain and recent cooler temps have resulted in an open burning issuance and 'moderate' fire danger listings in Missoula County.

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Photo courtesy of Gallatin Media Center
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Wind-Blown Manhattan Fire Grows to 8,700 Acres Overnight, 50 Pre-Evacuation Notices Given

The Cottonwood Gulch Fire near Manhattan, Montana broke out just before noon on Sunday, October 11, but quickly grew to over 8,000 acres.

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Neptune Aviation Awarded Four Next Generation Air Tankers

Today the U.S. Forest Service awarded three companies exclusive contracts to provide seven Next Generation Airtankers for fighting forest fires. One of those companies resides close by.

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Deadly Wildfire Rages In Washington State
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Sheep Mountain Fire Jumps South Fork of the Sun River — Causes Pre-Evacuation Notices for Residences, Recreational Cabins

The Sheep Mountain Fire located in the Rocky Mountain Ranger District was reported Monday morning at 2,282 acres and growing.

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Aircraft Finally Reaching West Fork Fish Creek Fire – Evacuation Notices Still Remain for Mineral, Missoula Counties

Mineral County and parts of Missoula County underwent new fire evacuations this past weekend as the West Fork Fish Creek Fire continued to grow to over 12,000 acres. But within the past 48 hours, fire information officer Kim Smolt said clear skies have finally led firefighters to get eyes on the fire for the first time since the fire started.

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Sheep Fire Less Active on Friday – Evacuations Remain in Place

The Sheep Fire, part of the Thompson-Divide Complex, blew up on Thursday, prompting the closure of an 8-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 2 and evacuation notices for more than 100 homes and businesses. However, NBC Montana reports clouds and heavy smoke made the Sheep Fire less active on Friday.

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Credit: David McNew / Getty Images
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Montana Close to Record for Bad Air Quality

Air quality has been a major problem in western Montana this summer, and many are wondering if this is the worst summer for breathing ever recorded...

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Mandatory Evacuations Issued for Essex – Sheep Fire Grows Over 1,000 Acres

Mandatory evacuations were issued yesterday afternoon in the town of Essex as the Sheep Fire overwhelms Flathead County.

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West Fork Fish Creek Fire in Lolo National Forest Leads to Closures, Evacuations

The West Fork Fish Creek Fire burning in the Lolo National Forest has received very little attention, but now that it has grown to nearly 2,600 acres.

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Morrell Complex Fire Tops 525 Acres Near Seeley Lake [YouTube]

One of the many fires burning in western Montana is the Morrell Complex, located not far from Seeley Lake.

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