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Wildfire, fire management and air quality news for western Montana and the Northern Rockies.

Fire Evacuations Lifted in Libby Area

A public information meeting at Libby High School

The following information is from the federal government's InciWeb wesite, full post is here.

"After meeting this morning with members of the fire management team, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has decided to rescind the evacuation notice for all residents of Lower Granite Lake Road, Granite Creek Road, Willow Road, Prospect Creek Road, Winchester Drive and Granite Lake Road. Those residents are now a pre-evacuation areas. All residents who were evacuated yesterday can return home and notifications by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office are underway. Pre-evacuation notices remain in effect for all residents and businesses west of Highway 2, starting from Pearl Street near Atkins South Gas Station and extending south to and including Bear Creek Road. This also includes all residences on Snowshoe Road south of Hogan Drive. Residents are asked to remain vigilant and ready to evacuate in the coming days as warmer weather will increase fire activity again. Pre-evacuation residents should have a plan in place to be evacuated if notified by the Sheriff's Office. Cooler weather has influenced fire behavior and lessened the threat of the Klataw fire. Overall cooler conditions will transition slowly to warmer temperatures over the next week. High temperatures will not be as warm as previous days but will trend upwards as the region remains under the influence of a low pressure system."

Eric Whitney is NPR's Mountain West/Great Plains Bureau Chief, and was the former news director for Montana Public Radio.
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