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CL-215 Superscooper Airplanes Drop Water on the Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park, August 12, 2018.
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Montana Wildfire Roundup for August 19, 2018

Update 10:55 a.m. Shifting winds in Glacier National Park are prompting additional evacuations and evacuation warnings near the Howe Ridge Fire , which is burning 7,835 acres along the northwest edge of Lake McDonald about 9 miles from West Glacier. The evacuation order issued this morning is for Fish Creek Campground. Around nine o'clock this morning park rangers asked campers, National Park Service employees and the residents at the Fish Creek Ranger Station to start packing up and leaving...

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Celebrate Leonard Bernstein On Montana Public Radio

The energetic and thrilling sounds of American composer Leonard Bernstein have influenced much of our listening experience and music-making today. Join MTPR August 20-26 as we commemorate the 100th birthday of the composer, conductor, performer, educator, and humanitarian. Bernstein 100 Week schedule on Montana Public Radio:

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Rattlesnake Cakes And Rhubarb Crunch: Recipes From 'The Big Sky Bounty Cookbook'

From mountain streams in the west to rolling prairies in the east, Montana’s habitats and natural resources offer an abundance of culinary possibilities. The mountains provide the necessities for a delightful elk tenderloin with huckleberry demi-glace, while the prairie contributes to rattlesnake cakes with roasted red pepper remoulade. And gardens and farms statewide produce the makings of Aunt Lois O’Toole’s rhubarb strawberry pie. Chef Barrie Boulds and author Jean Petersen present locally sourced epicurean dishes that exude Montanan charm.

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CL-215 Superscooper Airplanes Drop Water on the Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park, August 12, 2018.
Glacier National Park

Update 10:55 a.m.

Shifting winds in Glacier National Park are prompting additional evacuations and evacuation warnings near the Howe Ridge Fire, which is burning 7,835 acres along the northwest edge of Lake McDonald about 9 miles from West Glacier. 

The evacuation order issued this morning is for Fish Creek Campground.

Around nine o'clock this morning park rangers asked campers, National Park Service employees and the residents at the Fish Creek Ranger Station to start packing up and leaving the Fish Creek Campground area.

A screen capture from https://www.swanson4liberty.com/ on 08-17-18.
https://www.swanson4liberty.com/

Earlier this week we heard from the major party candidates in the race for Montana’s U.S. House seat on the topic of Wilderness Study Areas. Both Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams and Republican incumbent Greg Gianforte held roundtable discussions about them on Wednesday.

Today, we’re getting the perspective of Libertarian candidate Elinor Swanson, a Billings attorney.

Arctic grayling
Mark Conlin, USFWS

A federal appeals court says U.S. wildlife officials did not consider all environmental factors when it decided against designating a Montana fish as a threatened or endangered species.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday sent a lawsuit seeking federal protections for the Arctic grayling back to a lower court for further consideration.

Glacier National Park's Lake McDonald Lodge.
David Restivo / National Parks Service (PD)

Update 4:15 p.m.

For the second year running, the historic Lake McDonald Lodge will close for the season early because of a fire burning in Glacier National Park.

The Howe Ridge Fire continues to burn more than 3,500 acres on the northwest side of Lake McDonald.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes/Inciweb

Today's air quality report courtesy of Missoula City-County Air Quality Specialist Sarah Coefield:

9:30 a.m.

Good morning.

Last night’s smoke stuck around and we’re currently sitting at Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups conditions in Missoula and Frenchtown. Air quality is Moderate in Seeley Lake. When air quality is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, children, the elderly and people with heart and lung disease should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion.

Upper Gibbon River near Wolf Lake.
Yellowstone National Park (PD)

Starting next week Yellowstone National Park staff will begin chemically treating the upper Gibbon River, continuing a project to remove nonnative fish in central Yellowstone.

Hungry Lion planning area and general vicinity.
U.S. Forest Service

The Flathead National Forest said Thursday it will move ahead with a commercial logging and hazardous fuels reduction project just north of Hungry Horse Reservoir.

Judge: TransCanada Must Study Modified Keystone XL Route

Aug 16, 2018
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would cross the Missouri near this spot, less than two miles downstream of the Fort Peck Dam spillway and just a few miles upstream from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation boundary.
Erika Peterman

A federal judge in Great Falls on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Department of State to update its environmental assessment of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to reflect changes in the pipeline’s route through Nebraska.

District Judge Brian Morris’ 13-page partial order is a temporary win for environmental and indigenous rights groups who sued the federal government under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.

A screen capture from montanawildfiresmoke.org, 08-16-18.
montanwildfiresmoke.org

A brand-new website consolidates statewide air quality conditions and serves as a resource for Montanans concerned about the impacts of wildfire smoke.

MontanaWildfireSmoke.org is now live and made possible by a small Missoula-based non-profit called Climate Smart Missoula.

Tree burned by Glacier's Howe Ridge fire
National Park Service/Inciweb

Update: 5:50 p.m.

The Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park that destroyed a set of historic cabins over the weekend continues to grow. Wednesday night, an infrared flight measured the fire perimeter at 3,500 acres, a growth of roughly 900-acres from two days ago.

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