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Neptune air tanker
A tanker dropping retardant. (Neptune Aviation)
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U.S. Forest Service to Use Missoula’s Neptune Aviation Air Tankers

The U.S. Forest Service will be using aircraft from Missoula's Neptune Aviation to fight forest fires again this year.

USFS Chief Tom Tidwell announced the "legacy large airtanker exclusive-use" contracts this week

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smoke in Bitterroot Valley
This photo was taken in the late afternoon during the Ravalli County Fair from the East Side Highway. (Fullerton Photo)
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KLYQ’s Ravalli County News Story of 2012 – Smoke

In mid-August, the air monitor at the Ravalli County Courthouse in Hamilton reached the level "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups." It got worse during the next few weeks.

The reason - forest fires.

Forest fires in Idaho had been growing rapidly, some with massive amounts of bug-killed trees

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US Forest Firefighting Funds Not Fully Funded

Friday, a legislative admendment to restore over $600 million to the Disaster Assistance fund was rejected by the U.S. Congress.

In an Associated Press report, Senator Mark Udall of Colorado criticized the Senate's rejection of his amendment, which was co-sponsored by Montana Senator Jon Tester

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bear trap fire
The Bear Trap Fire earlier this year. (Ken Harris Photo)
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Montana’s Fire Season – the Worst Since 1910

The 2012 forest fire season burned over 1 million acres of Montana land.

The Northern Rockies coordination Center has released figures for the year and it shows Montana had fire on 1,139,837 acres. That's from a total of 2,128 fires

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canyon creek
October 16, fresh snow up Canyon Creek in the Bitterroot Mountains. (KLYQ Photo)
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Bitterroot and Idaho Get Rain and Snow

Some rain is nice. Fresh snow on the mountains, too.

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smoke october 10
At 2 p.m. Oct. 10, east of Victor along the East Side Highway, the smoke hides the mountains and shrouds the trees. (KLYQ Photo)
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No Rain and Large Forest Fires Equals Lots of Smoke

You can't see very far in the Bitterroot Valley.

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sawtooth ridges
The ridges lining the Sawtooth Canyon are striking...without smoke. (USFS Photo)
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Powell Complex Brings Smoke – Bitterroot Fires Are Smoldering

A look at the area fires.

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Moe Fire
A smoky photo of the Moe Fire last week. (USFS Photo)
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Here It Comes Again – Western Montana Fills with Smoke

Without rain and wind, this is what we get.

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sikorsky skycrane
A Sikorsky Skycrane, dropping water on the McGuire Fire by Dixie, Idaho on Oct. 4. (USFS Photo)
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Forest Fires Still Burning – Two Bitterroot Trails Re-opened

The cold weather is sapping the fires.

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moe fire
The Bitterroot portion of the Moe Fire, 10 miles west of Lake Como. (USFS Photo)
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Bitterroot’s Moe Fire Gets No Rain, But Low Temperatures

The fires continue.

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