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Monday Lightning Storm Sparks Two Small Missoula-Area Fires [AUDIO]

The Western Montana sky exploded with lightning strikes and brief, heavy rains starting at about 6:00 a.m. Monday, as a summer storm swept through the Bitterroot, Missoula, and the Blackfoot areas. The lightning sparked at least two small fires.

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Rainbow Family
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Rainbow Family Selects Event Location in Montana, Up to 20,000 Members Expected in Coming Weeks

A National Forest Service incident management team estimates that between 7,000 and 20,000 members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light will be arriving in Montana over the next few weeks.

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Smoke during last year's Sawtooth forest fire. (KLYQ Photo)

Montana’s Wildfire Season Expected to be ‘Significant’

The summer wildfire season is expected to be at least as bad as last year, according to officials with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho...

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Ashes remain at the Rumsey Gulch Fire, but many homes were saved. (USFS Photo)

Less Firefighters at the Rumsey Gulch Fire near Philipsburg

More personnel are leaving the firelines as the fight against the Rumsey Gulch Forest Fire near Philipsburg winds down.

The number of people on the firelines dropped below 80 Thursday and the final news release on the fire will be issued Friday, March 17...

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slurry bomber
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Missoula’s Neptune Aviation Loses Expected Forest Service Contract, Millions Already Spent

Missoula's Neptune Aviation heard bad news this week when the U.S. Forest Service announced the winners of lucrative contracts for developing the next generation of firefighting air tankers.

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Governor Steve Bullock “Still Considering” Whether to Send Money Back to the U.S. Forest Service After Sequester

The National Forest Service is demanding that states give back money originally intended for the development of roadways and schools.

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Idaho pack bridge
The Warm Springs Pack Bridge in Idaho, during fire season 2012. (USFS Photo)

Idaho Legislature Wants Wilderness Trails Repaired

In the Idaho Legislature, representatives want some help from the U.S. Forest Service to clean up trails damaged by wildfires in wilderness areas...

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The outcrops of Palisades Campground.
The limestone outcrops of Palisades Campground. (Photo by

New Trail to Connect Red Lodge with Forest Service Trails

A new trail called the Palisades Trail will be constructed this year on the Beartooth Ranger District of the Custer National Forest.

District Ranger Traute Parrie approved the project following a public comment period, according to a Forest Service news release...

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horseback trail ride
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Update – Florence Woman Died of Heart Attack While Riding [NEW AUDIO]

A 68 year-old Florence woman was found dead Tuesday afternoon on a horseback riding trail near Larry Creek in the Bitterroot National Forest.

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bitterroot trees
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Forest Service Reviews Three Saddle Project

The Three Saddle Vegetation Management Project is planned for the Three Mile and Ambrose Creek areas of the Sapphire Mountains on the east side of the Bitterroot Valley...

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