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Neptune's firefighting jets await word on future Forest Service contracts

Neptune's firefighting jets await word on future Forest Service contracts

MISSOULA — Neptune Aviation’s big firefighting jets are all back in Missoula for the winter, while their owners watch the mailbox for news of their flying future.

November 23, 2014 1:05 pmLoading…
Wyoming has light wildfire season

Wyoming has light wildfire season

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming saw its least active wildfire season in five years, freeing up state firefighters to help with wildfires in other states, state Forester Bill Crapser said Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 3:00 pmLoading…
Wyoming firefighting agencies yet to tap fund for wild land fires

Wyoming firefighting agencies yet to tap fund for wild land fires

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming firefighting agencies have yet to tap the approximately $16 million fund allocated for fire suppression in the state.

August 11, 2014 12:15 amLoading…
Small wildfires keep Montana firefighters busy

Small wildfires keep Montana firefighters busy

Firefighters attacked and monitored several wildfires around Montana over the weekend.

July 27, 2014 2:38 pm Related Loading…
Fire season in West expected to get more intense

Fire season in West expected to get more intense

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer.

July 23, 2014 1:51 pmLoading…

Montana Guard sends helicopters, soldiers to help with fires

HELENA — The Montana Army National Guard sent 17 soldiers and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters to Washington state to support wildfire fighting operations.

July 21, 2014 11:38 amLoading…

Lake Owen wildfire 80 percent contained

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Firefighters have gained 80 percent containment on a wildfire burning in the Medicine Bow National Forest west of Laramie.

July 09, 2014 3:30 pmLoading…
Smoke from Canadian fires hanging heavy over Billings

Smoke from Canadian fires hanging heavy over Billings

There’s a good reason why it’s hard to see the mountains from Billings recently.

July 01, 2014 5:21 pmLoading…
Mop up

Mop up

Cory Neuharth, a wildland firefighter from Miles City on the Eastern Montana Type 2 initial attack crew, digs at smoldering roots during mop-up operations on the Olin fire on June 21.

June 25, 2014 4:00 pmLoading…
Blazing

Blazing

The Olin fire roars through sagebrush on Saturday.

June 23, 2014 1:00 pmLoading…
Fire burns 1,300 acres west of Jordan

Fire burns 1,300 acres west of Jordan

Montana’s wildland fire season got off to a hot start on Friday as a suspected lightning-caused blaze that smoldered for days sprang to life nurtured by wind and burned more than 1,300 acres by Monday.

June 23, 2014 1:00 pm Photos

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Study: Red squirrels may be changing how Rocky Mountain trees respond to fire

Study: Red squirrels may be changing how Rocky Mountain trees respond to fire

MISSOULA — A squirrel’s appetite for certain pine seeds may be driving evolutionary changes in lodgepole forests across the West and altering how the trees respond to fire, a study conducted inside Yellowstone National Park has found.

June 22, 2014 9:34 amLoading…

Lewis and Clark County firefighters no longer obligated to save homes from wildfires

MISSOULA — The location of homes in Lewis and Clark County will no longer dictate fire suppression tactics or the placement of fire lines, under a first-of-its-kind resolution signed by county commissioners.

December 30, 2013 11:30 amLoading…
Scientists develop system rating houses' ability to survive wildfire

Scientists develop system rating houses' ability to survive wildfire

MISSOULA — As winter’s snowflakes start falling on the scorched hillsides above Lolo Creek, researchers around the nation are pondering how they might prevent the kind of disaster that burned five homes there last August.

November 17, 2013 10:09 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Policies must change to help control Western wildfire

In the early 1970s while part of a U.S. Forest Service research team I examined the disturbance history of old, unlogged forests throughout Montana. We surveyed a diverse array of several hundred forests and found that about 90 percent of them showed clear evidence of burning in the distant …

September 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Forest fire burning in Hell's Canyon area, northwest of Twin Bridges

BUTTE — A 100-acre forest fire is burning in the Hell's Canyon area northwest of Twin Bridges.

September 07, 2013 5:12 pmLoading…

Magruder Road linking Idaho and Montana opens

Fire officials say the remote Magruder Road Corridor between Fales Flat Campground in Montana and Observation Point in Idaho has opened.

September 07, 2013 3:22 pmLoading…

Feds: No decision yet on 2012 Horsethief fire

JACKSON, Wyo. — A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office says the investigation into a wildfire that burned near Jackson remains open.

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Missoula wildfire danger lessens, but still 'very high'

Missoula wildfire danger lessens, but still 'very high'

MISSOULA — The Missoula County Fire Protection Association downgraded the local fire danger from “extreme” to “very high” on Tuesday.

September 04, 2013 7:00 am Related Loading…
Montana Supreme Court decision could change how crews fight wildfires

Montana Supreme Court decision could change how crews fight wildfires

MISSOULA — The term “burnout” has been in the news a lot this summer.

September 03, 2013 8:40 am Related Loading…

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