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UPDATE – West Mullan Fire Over 4,000 Acres – Evacuation Center Opened [AUDIO]

UPDATE - 8:00 a. m. Friday, July 19.

The Mineral County Sheriff's Department has evacuated over 100 homes near the West Mullan Fire. The American Red Cross has opened an emergency evacuation center at the Superior Elementary School. Strong winds have pushed the fire to over 4,000 acres. The fire was discovered last Sunday, and the cause is still under investigation.

 

UPDATE - 2:00 a.m. Thursday, July 18, the following report is from the Inciweb.org, released at about 9:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The West Mullan fire remained active overnight. Crews were able to make additional progress on suppression activities above the residential areas north of West Mullan Road. The suppression line along Pardee Creek on the west side was strengthened with some burnout operations between the line and the fire. Several small spot fires occurred on the south side with upslope spread of the fire. Spotting is also detected on the east flank toward the Flat Creek drainage. These spots are up high on the mountain. Today, firefighters will continue line construction above Pardee Creek to tie in with an existing road. Crews will look for opportunities to construct line and attack the fire directly on East flank. An existing road on the northeast side will be prepared to serve as a contingency line. On the south side of the fire above residences, mopup of hot spots in the burned area will take place. Local fire departments are providing structure protection.

Residences north of Clark Fork River in Superior are under mandatory evacuation. West Mullan and East Mullan Road from Sunflower Lane to Big Eddy and side roads in between, are now under mandatory evacuation. Flat Creek Road is also under this evacuation order.

Pat McKelvey, Fire Information Officer

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has closed a five-mile section of the Clark Fork River near Superior so that water can be safely drawn from the river by helicopters fighting the West Mullan fire.

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River Rescue
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After Tragic Drowning, Missoula Fire Department Training Officer Gives River Safety Tips [AUDIO]

On Sunday, a six year-old girl drowned in a tragic accident on the Bitterroot River, when the boat she was riding in with her father capsized.

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Photo courtesy of Flickr/Bluegreen Vacation
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Top 5 Places to Raft the Clark Fork River

Where are the best places to float the Clark Fork River? Where are the safe launch points to load and unload your floats or drift boats? Thanks to our friends at King Fisher Fly Shop, we have a few recommendations to help you enjoy the most of what this exciting river has to offer, including maps!

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City of Missoula Unveils Poplar Project to Take Treated Wastewater Out of Clark Fork River [AUDIO]

The City of Missoula began a poplar tree plantation project for the land application of treated wastewater in 2009. Because of it's success, on Thursday, officials unveiled the expansion of the project to over 160 acres, located adjacent to the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Man Rescued from Cloark Fork River
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University of Montana Police Rescue Intoxicated Man From Clark Fork River in Missoula [AUDIO]

University of Montana Police Captain Ben Gladwin received a call on Wednesday afternoon that a man was in the Clark Fork River, and was about to be pulled under a logjam. Gladwin, with security officer TJ Johnson, entered the water and rescued the intoxicated man just as he disappeared under the water.

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Brennan's Wave
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Brennan’s Wave Repair to Be Conducted in Two Phases [AUDIO]

Starting next week, work to repair the popular kayak recreation feature Brennan's Wave will begin.

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Clark Fork River
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Drowning Victim Identified

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Mineral County say a man's body recovered from the Clark Fork River is that of a Superior resident missing since last November.

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whitewater rapids
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Body Found in Alberton Gorge is Missoula Man [AUDIO]

Body found in Alberton Gorge confirmed as the man who jumped from a Missoula bridge in May.

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French-Grass-Valley Diversion-Aerial
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New Landing for Watercraft on the Clark Fork River

New landing now open for watercraft on the Clark Fork

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River view
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Fire Department Urges Caution on Rivers [AUDIO]

Assistant Fire Chief warns about high, fast rivers this holiday weekend.

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