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Guest opinion: Global warming makes firefighting more dangerous

As former Montana smokejumpers we are increasingly alarmed by the severity, size, and expense of wildfires. The weather this year in Montana might give false hope to those who think weather and climate are the same. But climate is about trends and scientists say that those trends are proving…

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Firefighter recounts rescuing mountain lion cubs from blaze

Firefighter recounts rescuing mountain lion cubs from blaze

FLORENCE — One of the firefighters on the crew that found a pair of mountain lion cubs in a fire near Florence said she’s glad both animals got out of the situation unharmed.

September 01, 2014 9:19 am Photos

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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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Wyoming Guard copter to help in firefighting

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead has activated a Wyoming Army National Guard helicopter and its crew to help firefighters battling wildfires in the state of Washington.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

As the Chiwaukum Complex fire burns on the horizon, Montana National Guardsmen prepare their 2,000-gallon water drop bucket for the flight back to Helena. Until Thursday, when they got orders to come home, soldiers from the 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion were conducting firefight…

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

A CH-47 Chinook conducts spot drop missions over the Duncan fire, a portion of the larger Chiwakum Complex Fire.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

A Guardsmen rummages through a tool box on board a CH-47 Chinook.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

A Guardsmen does routine maintenance on one of the two CH-47 Chinooks that have been aiding in the fight of Washington state's worst fire season to date.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

A CH-47 Chinook sits a the Chiwaukum Complex fire burns on the horizon.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

A CH-47 Chinook conducts spot drop missions over the Duncan fire, a portion of the larger Chiwakum Complex Fire.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

Since early July, Washington state has been fighting the worst fire season it has ever seen. The Chiwaukum Complex fire takes a mid-day surge Thursday.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

Washington's Adjutant General Bret Daugherty thanks soldier from the 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

A CH-47 Chinook retrieves water from an unnamed alpine lake.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

SSG Dan Johnson stands next to the 2,000-gallon bucket used to transport water to the fires.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

A CH-47 Chinook retrieves water from an unnamed alpine lake.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

SSG Paul Smith checks a Blackhawk helicopter before taking flight.

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MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

MT National Guard Chinooks Aid Washington Fires

Capt. Rob Oleson briefs high-ranking soldiers from both the Washington and Montana National Guard units.

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