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New Wildfire Near Garrison [AUDIO]

The Wet Cottonwood fire is burning near Garrison Junction.

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Chrandal Creek Fire
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Update – Chrandal Creek Fire Now 30% Contained [AUDIO]

Chrandal Creek Fire now 30% contained.

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Small Fire Between Missoula and Lolo [AUDIO]

Small fire burning between Missoula and Lolo.

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Pine Beetle Infestation Tapering Off in Montana

A U.S. Forest Service official says mountain pine beetle activity is declining in Montana.

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New Option In Works For Drilling In Wyo. Forest

The U.S. Forest Service says it has begun work on a new option for allowing a controversial gas drilling project in western Wyoming.

Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production Co. seeks to drill up to 136 gas wells from 17 well pads in Bridger-Teton National Forest

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Northern Regional Forester Named Deputy Chief

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell has named Northern Regional Forester Leslie Weldon the deputy chief of the agency.

Weldon will move to Washington, D.C., early next year to take over the position, which has been vacant since Joel Holtrip retired two months ago

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Lawsuit Filed To Halt Montana Timber Project

Four conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service in federal court seeking to halt a 2,038-acre logging plan contained in a restoration project for the Lolo National Forest about 10 miles north of Seeley Lake.

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Fire Retardant

The U.S. Forest Service has released a plan for using retardant in battling wildfires that limits its use in areas occupied by threatened or endangered plants, fish and animals.

The 370-page draft environmental impact statement released Friday follows a ruling last year by U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy in Missoula, Mont., ordering the forest service to take a tougher look at the possibility that routinely dropping toxic fire retardant on wildfires from airplanes kills endangered fish and plants.

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Wildland Fire Protection

The Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation and the U.S. Forest Service are working to exchange portions of their wild land fire protection areas. Fire prevention coordinator for the DNRC, Cindy Super explains the protection exchange proposal. 

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