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Briefs for Aug. 20, 2017

2017 Letters About Literature student competition open  Montana’s Center for the Book, a program of Humanities Montana, will be giving Montana students a chance to submit to the national Letters About Literature competition again this year. Letters About Literature is a reading and writing co...

Park temporarily halts backcountry permit issuance

News from Glacier National Park WEST GLACIER, MT. – No new overnight backcountry permits are being issued at this time due to developing critical fire weather conditions. There are no backcountry evacuations at this time, and there is no immediatethreat at this time to backcountry users. The...

Rain forecast brings hope

Rain forecast for Thursday and Friday is providing firefighters hope for success on the Blue Bay and Liberty fires.  Although Sunday was a good day for firefighters, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ fire prevention specialist Devlin Lafrombois said Thursday and Friday should be better w...

Firefighters develop village in Arlee Firefighters develop village in Arlee

ARLEE – Hundreds of firefighters have made the Arlee powwow grounds home for the past few months while they work on the Liberty fire, 17 miles southeast of town. “The area can support an operation of this size, provide electricity, and easy access to the fire, so we’ve set up a village h...

Firefighters escape entrapment

POLSON – Hot, dry conditions and increased wind speeds over the weekend posed a challenge for firefighters. Wind gusts over the weekend were 10-15 mph and 20 mph on ridge lines.   Sixteen firefighters on the Liberty fire were nearly trapped on Saturday evening from spot fires created by strong ...

Briefs for Sept. 6, 2017

Death of Ronan woman under investigation The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a death that occurred on Sunday, Aug. 20, at about 5:45 p.m. on East Post Creek Road. Jessie Qualtier, 36, of Ronan, died due to injuries sustained after exiting a vehicle, which was travellin...

Rain, humidity help slow area fires Rain, humidity help slow area fires

POLSON – Light precipitation, increased humidity and lack of direct sunlight on Aug. 23 produced a marked slowing of fire activity in the Blue Bay and Liberty fires.  Fireline explosives were used Sunday on the Blue Bay Fire to complete containment lines along the fire’s northern edge, ac...

Blue Bay Fire at 480 acres, 40 percent contained Blue Bay Fire at 480 acres, 40 percent contained

The Blue Bay Fire that broke out Aug. 10 was 40 percent contained as of Monday morning. Containment typically refers to the portion of the fire that has a line around it.  Information officer Dominique Woodham said that 175 firefighters from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and others from...

Rain, cooler weather dampens Blue Bay, Liberty fires Rain, cooler weather dampens Blue Bay, Liberty fires

The Blue Bay 1 and 2 fires that broke out on Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal land on Thursday, Aug. 10, were dampened by rain, cooler weather and cloud cover on Sunday.  Lightning is the suspected cause of the fires which are burning in the Mission Mountains east of Blue Bay. Brent Burland...

Finley Point home lost to fire Finley Point home lost to fire

FINLEY POINT – A two-story house was consumed by fire on Aug. 9.  Finley Point/Yellow Bay Fire Department Chief Brent Burland said a call came in at 9:18 p.m. about a fire on Finley Point Lane.  When firefighters arrived, the home was fully engulfed and nearby brush and trees were on fi...


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