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West Fork Fish Creek Fire
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Aircraft Finally Reaching West Fork Fish Creek Fire – Evacuation Notices Still Remain for Mineral, Missoula Counties

Mineral County and parts of Missoula County underwent new fire evacuations this past weekend as the West Fork Fish Creek Fire continued to grow to over 12,000 acres. But within the past 48 hours, fire information officer Kim Smolt said clear skies have finally led firefighters to get eyes on the fire for the first time since the fire started.

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Thompson Fire
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Sheep Fire Less Active on Friday – Evacuations Remain in Place

The Sheep Fire, part of the Thompson-Divide Complex, blew up on Thursday, prompting the closure of an 8-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 2 and evacuation notices for more than 100 homes and businesses. However, NBC Montana reports clouds and heavy smoke made the Sheep Fire less active on Friday.

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Credit: David McNew / Getty Images
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Montana Close to Record for Bad Air Quality

Air quality has been a major problem in western Montana this summer, and many are wondering if this is the worst summer for breathing ever recorded. According to Meteorologist Chris Gibson, it isn’t quite the worst, but it is pretty close

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Sheep Fire
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Mandatory Evacuations Issued for Essex – Sheep Fire Grows Over 1,000 Acres

Mandatory evacuations were issued yesterday afternoon in the town of Essex as the Sheep Fire overwhelms Flathead County.

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Water Drop
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West Fork Fish Creek Fire in Lolo National Forest Leads to Closures, Evacuations

The West Fork Fish Creek Fire burning in the Lolo National Forest has received very little attention, but now that it has grown to nearly 2,600 acres.

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Morrell Complex Fire Tops 525 Acres Near Seeley Lake [YouTube]

One of the many fires burning in western Montana is the Morrell Complex, located not far from Seeley Lake.

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Friday Storm
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Friday Night Storm Clears the Air in Missoula Valley, Most of Western Montana – Fire Update Through Saturday Morning

Many Missoulians and folks residing in western Montana are thanking Mother Nature this morning for some much needed precipitation. The rain and wind led to clear skies, greeting residents with fresh air and a little less smoke. 

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Reynolds Creek Fire
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Fire in Glacier National Park 67 Percent Contained

The Reynolds Creek Fire in Glacier National Park is 67 percent contained, the Associated Press reports, but certain weather conditions this week aren't looking to decrease the flames with upcoming warm temperatures and low humidity. 

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Reynolds Creek Fire
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Wildfire Officials Say Reynolds Creek Fire Over 60 Percent Contained

Firefighters have been performing new fire prevention tactics on the Reynolds Creek Fire in Glacier National Park in an effort to strengthen fire lines with new "burnout operations."

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Lightning Caused Fire Reported on Blue Mountain [YouTube]

Fire Information Officer for Lolo National Forest Boyd Hartwig told KGVO News that a new fire was spotted Thursday afternoon on the Missoula Ranger District.

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