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Wildfire, fire management and air quality news for western Montana and the northern Rockies.

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Wildfire, fire management and air quality news for western Montana and the northern Rockies.

    Wildfire Danger Moves To Moderate In Missoula County

    Wildfire Danger Moves To Moderate In Missoula County

    Missoula’s recent warm and dry conditions have prompted officials to push local fire danger from low to moderate. According to the Missoula County Fire Protection Association that means outdoor debris burning season closes June 7.

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    Power Lines Pinpointed As Cause Of Lump Gulch Fire

    Power Lines Pinpointed As Cause Of Lump Gulch Fire

    Fire officials say they now know how a wildfire started last weekend roughly 13 miles south of Helena.

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    Helena-Area Fire Evac. Warnings Lifted; Powder River County Fire Grows

    Helena-Area Fire Evac. Warnings Lifted; Powder River County Fire Grows

    Pre-evacuation notices were lifted Tuesday for about 20 homes threatened by the Lump Gulch Fire burning south of Helena in Jefferson County. Strong winds caused the fire to grow quickly this weekend. John Tubbs, Director of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, says he doesn't know how those homes were spared.

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    No New Growth Expected For Wildfire South Of Helena

    No New Growth Expected For Wildfire South Of Helena

    There was minimal growth Monday on a wildfire burning near Clancy, south of Helena. Strong winds fanned the Lump Gulch fire Saturday afternoon which led to the mandatory evacuation of around 20 homes over the weekend. Incident spokesman Duane Buchi says fire behavior was very quiet Monday.

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    Wildfire Agencies Release COVID-19 Mitigation Plans

    Wildfire Agencies Release COVID-19 Mitigation Plans

    New national wildfire response plans released Thursday give us a better picture of what firefighting will now look like in the COVID-19 era. The days of big fire camps, those self-contained cities that seem to magically appear in open fields overnight are, at least for this year, a thing of the past. Under new guidelines released Thursday, they’re being replaced with a system designed to foster proper social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    How Do You Fight Wildfires While Social Distancing? Nobody's Sure

    How Do You Fight Wildfires While Social Distancing? Nobody's Sure

    Traditional wildland firefighting is defined by women and men working, eating and sleeping shoulder to shoulder for days on end. That close-quarters work could endanger firefighters during the ongoing pandemic. Edward O’Brien reports on how Montana’s fire managers are preparing for a season that could be like none other in recent memory.

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