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Articles with the Tag: Fire

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...

Lightning sparks fires in Glacier National Park Lightning sparks fires in Glacier National Park

News from Glacier National Park WEST GLACIER, MT. – Interagency fire response continues in Glacier National Park after several fires were sparked following a severe storm with over 150 lightning strikes in Glacier National Park late Thursday afternoon, Aug. 10. Aerial resources and fire crews a...

Liberty fire approaches 4,000 acres, nearly contained Liberty fire approaches 4,000 acres, nearly contained

A fire burning 17 miles southeast of Arlee in Missoula County had grown to nearly 4,000 acres as of Sunday night, Aug. 6.  Kristen Allison, a public information officer with the California Interagency Incident Management Team No. 1 that set up at the Arlee Powwow Grounds on July 31, said 363 firefigh...

UM researchers to study history of large wildfires

MISSOULA – Researchers at the University of Montana will reconstruct the causes and ecosystem impacts of large wildfires in the Rocky Mountains over the past 2,500 years, thanks to a new grant from the National Science Foundation. The lead on the study is Phil Higuera, associate professor of fire ec...


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