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State sees savings as fires burn 5 percent of average acreage this summer

State sees savings as fires burn 5 percent of average acreage this summer

So far, the 2014 wildfire season in Montana has been defined more by what hasn’t happened than by what has.

August 29, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Quiet fire season saves state money

Quiet fire season saves state money

After a record-setting fire season last year that burned thousands of acres and many homes and outbuildings in southeastern and south-central Montana, this year has been notably quiet thanks to timely rainfall.

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New law: Pay now, not later, for fire suppression costs

New law: Pay now, not later, for fire suppression costs

HELENA — A new law has changed how the state pays for its share of wildfire suppression costs by setting aside the money before fires occur, instead having to come up with the cash months later after the fire season ends.

August 19, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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CSKT foresters earn accolades as tribal timber operations face budget shortfalls

CSKT foresters earn accolades as tribal timber operations face budget shortfalls

RONAN — While a national report worries that tribal timber operations are suffering critical shortfalls, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Forestry Director Jim Durglo stays too busy to worry.

June 30, 2013 7:38 pm Photos

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Council briefed on Montana environmental issues

Council briefed on Montana environmental issues

To get a sense of some of the most pressing environmental issues facing Montana, consider the Environmental Quality Council’s agenda — controlling wolf populations, hunting and fishing license reform, sage grouse protection and the increasing cost of fighting wildland fires.

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Logging, fire-prevention work planned along Beartooth Face

Portions of the Beartooth Face between Big Timber and Red Lodge are being studied for a patchwork of logging and prescribed fire plans by state and federal agencies this summer and in the future that have the potential to cumulatively alter the foothills' landscape.

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USFS budget cuts likely to affect fire, forest management

USFS budget cuts likely to affect fire, forest management

MISSOULA — The U.S. Forest Service expects to shoulder $212 million in sequestration cuts this year, but no one can say how that might play out at the local level.

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Wyoming agencies out of vaccine at flu season peak

Wyoming agencies out of vaccine at flu season peak

CHEYENNE — The city-county health departments in Wyoming's two largest communities are out of influenza vaccine at what may be the peak of this year's nasty flu season.

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Wyoming Department of Health conducts interviews in food poisoning probe

The Wyoming Department of Health has interviewed 50 people as part of an investigation into the source of a foodborne virus outbreak in Casper this week.

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Let it burn? Federal agencies draft national wildland fire strategy

Let it burn? Federal agencies draft national wildland fire strategy

MISSOULA -- Wildfires and weather share a common problem: We all talk about them, but what can we do about them?

December 11, 2012 6:32 am Photos

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Citing dangerous conditions, Montana extends wildfire season indefinitely

Citing dangerous conditions, Montana extends wildfire season indefinitely

Citing lingering drought, high fire danger and continued occurrences of human-caused fires across Montana, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has extended the legal wildfire season into October.

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Some residents displaced by Ash Creek fire may be allowed back into homes

Some residents displaced by Ash Creek fire may be allowed back into homes

The Humane Society of the United States will travel to the Ash Creek fire area on Friday to assess the needs of animals.

June 28, 2012 7:33 am Photos

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Ash Creek fire burns 110,000 acres, 18 homes

Ash Creek fire burns 110,000 acres, 18 homes

NORTHERN CHEYENNE RESERVATION — The 110,000-acre Ash Creek fire picked its victims at random as it exploded across the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and surrounding private lands beginning Tuesday afternoon.

June 27, 2012 8:00 pm Photos

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DNRC briefs Governor on Dahl fire

DNRC briefs Governor on Dahl fire

Bob Harrington and Clive Rooney with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation brief Gov. Brian Schweitzer on the status of the Dahl Fire south of Roundup.

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The positive side to Montana's wet year: Fire danger is down

The positive side to Montana's wet year: Fire danger is down

Here’s the positive side to the record moisture that Montana has received in the past seven months: The fire danger is average to below average.

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Official: Dual health systems confusing

CASPER — Several years ago, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department, which is partly funded and overseen by the Wyoming Department of Health, found one of its nurses was violating a medical protocol and immediately fired that employee.

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