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Tester Announces Introduction Of Wilderness, Recreation Bill

Feb 23, 2017
A bird's eye view of the southern reaches of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

At a ranch near Seeley Lake Wednesday, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced he is introducing the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. The bill would protect nearly 80,000 acres of wilderness and develop a comprehensive trail plan to provide recreationists with access to the Lolo National Forest. This would include opening some areas to snowmobiling and protecting access for mountain biking.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 12, 2015

Aug 12, 2015
The Sucker Creek Fire seen on August, 11, 2015.

The full length of Going to the Sun road is now open at night. Glacier National Park today said that the night closure on the east side of the road has been lifted, but urged visitors to be careful as firefighters and equipment are still using the road.

Thunderstorms toppled power lines in the Linda Vista area of Missoula, MT.
Courtesy Danny Dauterive

Western Montana may get another dose of nasty weather this evening.

National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Noble says conditions very similar to those that created powerful and destructive storms yesterday could soon start moving into western Montana.

A photo of the Thompson Creek Fire taken around 3:00 p.m. from Hwy 49, aka Looking Glass Road out of East Glacier.
Courtesy Tony Bynum Photography

People from Kalispell to East Glacier are reporting a huge smoke plume this afternoon from the Thompson Creek fire inside Glacier National Park.

The fire was first reported Sunday, and quickly grew to 1,900 acres. Now, the Park Service is saying the Thompson Fire has nearly tripled in size to an estimated 5,500 acres.