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Fire managers on the Paola Ridge Fire outside Essex met with homeowners, some under pre-evacuation warnings last night.

Nicky Ouellet

Representative Greg Gianforte toured areas affected by the Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park Wednesday morning.

Operations Section Chief Todd Abel at a briefing on the Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park, August 22, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet


Wildfire activity has moderated in Western Montana in the wake of wet and cool weather earlier this week, but crews remain hard at work as temperatures start to rise again .

The view toward Glacier Park's Stanton Mountain obscured by smoke, with Lake McDonald in the foreground, August 21, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet


In Glacier National Park the Howe Ridge Fire is now estimated at more than 11,000 acres. Despite continued growth, though, fire managers say they’re making good progress shoring up protections along Going-To-The-Sun Road.

A helicopter flies near the Shellrock Fire NE of Helena Montana, August 15, 2018.
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A new study says that less summer precipitation, and longer summer dry spells, are major drivers of increased wildfire activity in the western U.S. It’s contrary to previous understanding that warming temperatures and earlier snowmelt are the only factors in bigger wildfire seasons.

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