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U.S. Forest Service Orders Evacuations in Parts of Mineral, Missoula Counties

Lightning sparked a fire that ignited Thursday in the Ninemile Ranger District. It’s grown to 2,900 acres since then. The fire is located about 15 miles southwest of Tarkio, west of Missoula. 

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Forest Service Study Shows Over 12 Million Trees In CA's Nat'l Forest Have Died Due To State's Drought
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Senator Steve Daines and the Forest Service Work to Improve Forest Health Restoration Projects, Clarify Importance of CEs

Forest restoration was at the front of Senator Steve Daines’ mind today as he encouraged the U.S. Forest Service to restore the health of the national forest system. With Montana’s recent drought designations in mind, Daines asked Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell to discuss the importance of Categorical Exclusions…something that may be of benefit to future forest health restoration projects.

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Forest Service to Conduct Helitack Training at Ninemile Airstrip May 17 – 22 [YouTube]

The U.S. Forest Service will be training two helitack crews to conduct “Emergency Medical Short-Haul” missions in and near Missoula, from May 17th to May 22nd.

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Forest Service, Senators Agree on Need For More Logging

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell says logging in Montana could be tripled over current levels and it is important to significantly increase forest restoration work.

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U.S. Forest Service Grizzly Bear Management Policy Looks to Strengthen Griz Protection

The U.S Forest Service is working to update its grizzly bear management policy in the Helena, Kootenai, Lewis and Clark, and Lolo National Forests in an attempt to ensure grizzly bears are protected wherever they may travel in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (or NCDE).

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Senator Steve Daines Meets With Forest Products Representatives In Missoula [AUDIO]

 

In what was described as an episode of the TV show 'Survivor', Montana Senator Steve Daines met with representatives from wood products, wilderness and multiple-use groups at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Visitor Center in Missoula.

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Fire Crews Attack Frenchtown Grass Fire [YouTube]

Frenchtown Fire Department crews got some real-life training on attacking a wildland fire on Sunday afternoon.

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Congressman Steve Daines Gets Up Close Look at Smokejumper Center [VIDEO]

Montana Congressman Steve Daines received a one-on-one tour of the U.S. Forest Service Smokejumper Center at the Missoula International Airport on Monday afternoon.

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Missoula’s Neptune Aviation Adds Three Aircraft to Forest Service Contract [AUDIO]

On May 15, the U.S. Forest Service added three more aircraft to its firefighting fleet from Missoula's Neptune Aviation.

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Frenchtown Fire Department to Hold Open House to Prepare for Fire Season [AUDIO]

The 2013 fire season saw thousands of acres burned and many homes destroyed in western Montana. 

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