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Articles with the Tag: Fire season

What to know about smoke and health this summer

MONTANA — When wildfire smoke billows from its source and lingers in the air, the haze brings coughs and questions for many Montana residents. Among them: How should I interpret air quality ratings? How does smoke affect my indoor air quality? Is it safe to walk my dog or head out for a hike today? ...

Pay, support for increases for wildland firefighters

News from the office of Senator Tester U.S. Senate — The Biden Administration announced on June 21 new pay raises and support for the wildland firefighter workforce for the next two years. The funding will come from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which Senator Jon Te...

Ben there, done that for Oct. 27, 2021

Wildfires – almost an inescapable fact of life around the northwest. Every year thousands upon thousands of acres of forest go up in smoke in the waning months of summer. Powerful, shifting wind patterns move smoke hundreds of miles resulting in unpredictable air quality: clear skies one day and thick ...

Lungs on fire Lungs on fire

Smoke from the wildfires burning through bone-dry forests and grasslands in the West has damaged air quality this week from California to the Eastern Seaboard. The polluting smoke has been thickest in the Northwest, including Montana, where over the past week Missoula, Helena, Great Falls and other cities ra...

Governor declares Wildland Fire State of Emergency

News from the office of Governor Gianforte MONTANA — Governor Greg Gianforte issued an executive order declaring a statewide wildland fire emergency in Montana. “Montana faces critical fire conditions that pose significant threats to our communities, infrastructure, first responders, and way...

Fire danger rated moderate Reservation

News from CSKT Division of Fire  FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Division of Fire officials state that fire danger is moderate, but is very close to high, especially on the west side of the reservation.   Debris burning by permit will close for the fire season on June 30. CSKT Division of Fire...

Montana prepared for fire season

News from the Office of the Governor MONTANA — Governor Greg Gianforte received the 2021 Fire Season Briefing from state and federal agency administrators and fire management officers. “Much of Montana is currently in moderate to extreme drought conditions, increasing the risk of a severe...

Gianforte sets wildfire priorities for ‘above-normal’ season Gianforte sets wildfire priorities for ‘above-normal’ season

MONTANA — In a wildfire briefing at the state Capitol attended by more than a dozen land use and wildfire response agency leaders, Gov. Greg Gianforte said he wants to double the number of treated acres on Montana’s forests and pressured the National Park Service to extinguish all wildfire starts...

Fire danger elevated to moderate

News from CSKT  FLATHEAD RESERVATION – Wildland fire officials with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Fire raised the fire danger level within the reservation to moderate.  Debris burning with permit is still open, but the Division of Fire urges all outdoo...

Wilderness fire season starts early near Dixon Wilderness fire season starts early near Dixon

FLATHEAD RESERVATION – Fire broke out along the Flathead River five miles west of Dixon on Wednesday, April 7, at around 2 p.m. and burned for several days.  The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire responded and identified the incident as the Sinkhole Fire. Officials report...


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