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Articles with the Tag: Fire

Fires cause permanent damage as weather warms Fires cause permanent damage as weather warms

Grass could soon replace the evergreens that blanket the base of the Mission Mountains, according to a new study. As summer weather gets hotter and dryer, ponderosa pines and Douglas fir seedlings in the northwest United States are less likely to survive to maturity, a study from the University of Montana...

Small wildland fire burns near Hot Springs Small wildland fire burns near Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS – The Mission Valley made it through what is normally the hottest, driest periods of the summer with relatively few burns, although a small fire did start last week. The Welcome 1002 fire started on Sept. 2 and grew to 60 acres. The fire slowly burned grass and timber 2.5 miles southwest...

Wildfire season slow this year due to weather, human caution

FLATHEAD RESERVATION – In recent years, Mission Valley residents have come to expect a thick blanket of smoke covering the region by late August.  This year’s blue skies are courtesy of a reduced number of human-started fires and timely precipitation, according to C.T. Camel, who is the C...

Polson Rural Fire District receives funds for new equipment Polson Rural Fire District receives funds for new equipment

POLSON – Polson Rural Fire membership representatives presented a check to the Polson Rural Fire District Friday morning to help purchase a new 2,500-gallon tactical tender truck recently added to the district’s firefighting fleet. A press statement released by the Polson Rural Fire Membership...

Public invited to fire management demo

News from Montana West Economic Development KALISPELL — On Saturday, Sept. 7, at mile marker 9 on Highway 35 on the east shore of Flathead Lake, beginning at 11:30 a.m., the newly-formed US division of Fire and Flood Emergency Services is inviting the public to a free demonstration to witness thei...

Fire danger lowered, debris burning closed

News from CSKT  After recent widespread rain, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Fire officials are reporting lower fire danger within the Flathead Indian Reservation, and the fire danger rating has been lowered to high, effective immediately.   The move does not i...

House fire leaves family in need House fire leaves family in need

Early Thursday morning, Christopher and Brandy Ellenwood and their three sons lost their Polson home to a house fire. Financial donations to help the family are being collected through a bank account at the Polson branch of the Whitefish Credit Union. Donation drop off spots have also been established at Sec...

Fire fund nearly doubled heading into wildfire season Fire fund nearly doubled heading into wildfire season

News from the Governor’s Office  MONTANA – Gov. Steve Bullock announced that Montana’s fire fund will be nearly doubled to $66.5 million, up from $36 million, heading into the wildfire season. “Montanans can rest assured that due to strong fiscal management by the state o...

Fire danger 'very high'

News from CSKT Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Fire officials have determined fire danger within the Flathead Indian Reservation to be Very High.   Recent days have been extremely hot and dry with little to no moisture, causing vegetation and grasses to cure. This fine...

Moss Ranch fire continues to burn near Ronan Moss Ranch fire continues to burn near Ronan

RONAN–Lightning sparked a fire on July 23 that is burning grass and timber 14 miles southwest of Ronan, just west of the Flathead River. A local type three incident management team is managing the blaze with 170 personnel assigned to the fire.  By July 26, the fire had grown to 450 acres and wa...


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