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Ash Creek Fire

Ashland Ranger District working to restore burned forest land

Ashland Ranger District working to restore burned forest land

A year after wildfires burned more than a third of the Ashland Ranger District of the Custer National Forest, crews are clearing burned trees along roadways, working to stabilize the soil to prevent runoff and rebuilding burned fences on grazing allotments.

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Northern Cheyenne restoring burned forests

Northern Cheyenne restoring burned forests

On the slopes of 4,200-foot Garfield Peak, Robert Yellow Fox III can gaze down at the charred landscape of the Ashland Divide stretching to the horizon in every direction.

May 13, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Family living cramped in FEMA trailer after fire destroyed home

Family living cramped in FEMA trailer after fire destroyed home

Eleven months after the Ash Creek fire destroyed her Ashland home, and nine months after moving in to a 14-by-60-foot trailer, Twilla Speelman is feeling a little cramped.

May 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Tree Planter Deana Spotted Eagle

Tree Planter Deana Spotted Eagle

Deana Spotted Eagle plants about 1,000 trees each day in the Ash Creek fire scar on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.

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Burned pasture greens up

Burned pasture greens up

Pasture burned in the Ash Creek fire sports a coat of spring green.

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 Terry Spang and Tree Planting Crew Chief Jerome Whitehawk

Terry Spang and Tree Planting Crew Chief Jerome Whitehawk

Crew C boss Jerome Whitehawk gets instructions from Northern Cheyenne forester Terry Spang.

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Tree Planter Red Elk Lone Bear

Tree Planter Red Elk Lone Bear

Tree planter Red Elk Lone Bear works from 4:30 a.m. to early afternoon six days a week on a Northern Cheyenne reforestation project.

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FEMA trailer

FEMA trailer

A FEMA trailer sits next to a burned foundation and chimney on the Tongue River Road near Ashland. They chimney is all that the 2012 Ash Creek fire left of the previous home.

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Twilla Speelman talks about living in a small FEMA trailer

Twilla Speelman talks about living in a small FEMA trailer

Speelman talks about the living conditions inside her family’s FEMA trailer. The 14-by-60-foot dwelling is about half the size of her trailer home destroyed in the Ash Creek fire last summer.

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Twilla Speelman's home

Twilla Speelman's home

Twilla Speelman, her husband, four grandchildren and two small dogs moved into a FEMA trailer after the 2012 Ash Creek fire destoyed their previous home.

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Cattle look for grass to graze

Cattle look for grass to graze

Grass was in short supply on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation last summer in the aftermath of a season of fire.

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 Jennifer Dennis family's home

Jennifer Dennis family's home

The home of Jennifer Dennis’ family stands near where flames approached last summer.

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Tree Planter Robert Yellow Fox III

Tree Planter Robert Yellow Fox III

Tree planter Robert Yellow Fox III plants a forest he expects his great-grandchildren to enjoy.

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Fire blazes behind Jennifer Dennis family home

Fire blazes behind Jennifer Dennis family home

Fire burns behind Jennifer Dennis’ family home as fire engines stand guard near Ashland on June 28, 2012, during the Ash Creek fire. The home survived.

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Terry Spang holds Ponderosa pines to be planted

Terry Spang holds Ponderosa pines to be planted

Northern Cheyenne forester Terry Spang shows how ponderosa pine seedlings arrive from a nursery in Missoula. They are packaged 25 to a bag.

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Weather Service cautions about flood risk in burn areas

Weather Service cautions about flood risk in burn areas

More than a million acres of scorched earth left after last summer’s fires means an increased risk of flash flooding for parts of Montana this spring.

March 01, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Northern Cheyenne crew

Northern Cheyenne crew

Firefighters from Northern Cheyenne Crew No. 1 battle the Ash Creek wildfire near Ashland last July. The fire, the largest in the state last summer, engulfed 249,562 acres in Rosebud and Powder River counties and consumed a big chunk of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Steep terrain combin…

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Fire, drought and elections top 2012 stories

Fire, drought and elections top 2012 stories

Drought, lightning and bad luck turned the 2012 fire season into Montana’s worst in more than 100 years, making it one of the biggest news stories of the past year.

December 30, 2012 12:20 am Photos

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Ash Creek fire kills cattle

Ash Creek fire kills cattle

This image provided by the Kolka family in July 2012 shows Justin Madsen walking up a hillside littered with dead cattle killed by the Ash Creek Fire that burned through forest land near Volborg, Mont.

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