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Bitterroot National Forest

Map of the Howe Ridge Fire perimeter, September 20, 2018.
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As Montana's fire season winds to a close, crews are closing-in on the handful of fires still burning across Western Montana.

Controlled burn in the Bitterroot National Forest.
Bitterroot National Forest

Federal land managers are planning controlled burns in the Bitterroot and Blackfoot Valleys.

The Bitterroot National Forest is planning to start prescribed burning projects as early as this week, depending on weather. Fire managers plan to burn 2,200 acres this fall.

Missoula County fire officials announced Monday they will move fire danger signs to "High" effective immediately.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

Glacier National Park lifted evacuation warnings for portions of the park on Tuesday.

Recent rainfall has moderated activity on the Howe Ridge Fire, burning on the northwest side of Lake McDonald.

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.

The Wigwam Fire burning near Ennis on Aug. 15.
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Rain in western Montana Monday did little to slow fire growth across the state.

"Well it’s a mixed blessing," said Jay Nichols, a spokesperson assigned to the Monument and Wigwam Fires burning south of Ennis. "So obviously wind isn’t a good thing, rain’s a good thing, but I don’t know that it will be a substantial amount of rain."

The U.S. Forest Service's National Director of Fire and Aviation Shawna Lagarza and retired USFS employee and Management Consultant Richard Stem at Rep. Gianforte's field hearing on wildfire in Hamilton, MT, August 7, 2018.
Edward O'Brien


Congressman Greg Gianforte was in Montana Tuesday talking about wildfire. The Republican was in Hamilton holding a field hearing which started on an unusual note.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For July 30, 2018

Jul 30, 2018
The Lee Creek fire burning near Lolo Hot Springs was spotted July 29, 2018 from a Forest Service detection flight.
Lolo National Forest

 


Updated and corrected: 5:35 p.m., 07/30/18

Twenty fires have flared up in the Kootenai National Forest, all caused by lightning from weekend storms.

Most of the fires are only burning a few acres, but the Davis Fire is now reported at 1,000 acres in size, according to a post on the Kootenai National Forest Facebook page. A fire spokesperson told MTPR Monday afternoon that the Davis fire was only 50 acres.

Update 5:45 p.m.

Fire mangers report little activity on the Bacon Rind Fire burning near Big Sky on the Gallatin National Forest. New flights show the fire at 393 acres, up  from around 340 acres yesterday, according to the fire's public information officer. Crews are monitoring the fire with an eye on forecasts calling for continued hot, dry weather. Mangers are working on plans for fighting the fire if it moves closer to Highway 191. 

A fire discovered Tuesday on Mt. George in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness
Bitterroot National Forest

UPDATE 6:00 p.m.:

The Wawa wildfire is no longer considered a threat to critical sage grouse habitat on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

Winds have pushed the fire away from grouse habitat and firefighters have taken a more managerial position, allowing it to burn within the control lines the crews put up.

U.S. Forest Service

Highway 37 Fire, Kootenai National Forest Update 5:22 p.m. July 23, 2018

The Highway 37 Fire burning near Libby’s asbestos superfund site is 10 percent contained as of Monday afternoon. The 50-acre blaze did not grow much over the weekend. A team of 10 specially trained firefighters, a decontamination crew, a hotshot team and two engine crews made progress digging containment line around the fire’s perimeter, aided by helicopter dousing hot spots.

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