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Flaming Ping Pong Balls Used to Get Eureka Fire to 75 Percent Containment

The Eureka wildfire is at around 6,468 acres and still burning about 38 miles south of Ennis, Montana in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

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Update – Firefighters Protect Historic Blue Mountain Fire Lookout [AUDIO]

UPDATE - All evacuation orders have been lifted for residents in the Lolo Creek Complex.
Fire Information Officer Dixie Dees with KGVO's Peter Christian

About 11 miles up a winding mountain road, far above the smoke of the Lolo Creek Complex, the historic Blue Mountain lookout watches over a huge area of Western Montana. The tower is still several miles from the northern edge of the fire, but officials are taking the extra steps to protect the wooden structure, just in case the fire might reach the summit.

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State Insurance Commissioner – Wildfire Damage Covered [AUDIO]

The Lolo Creek Complex has already claimed five homes and several outbuildings up Highway 12, and over 1,200 homes were served earlier this week with pre-evacuation notices. Homeowners are concerned as to whether or not their insurance will cover damage caused by a wildfire.

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Schoolhouse – West Fork Fires Putting Up Smoke Visible in Missoula [AUDIO]

The Schoolhouse Fire burning near Highway 12 about 20 miles from Lolo is putting up smoke that is visible from Missoula.

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Gold Pan Fire Update – Balls of Fire Used to Fight Giant Blaze [AUDIO]

The Gold Pan complex continues to burn in the Frank Church, River of No Return Wilderness just over the Montana border in Idaho. Firefighters are utilizing a seldom-used method to help fight the fire.

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Firestone Flats Fire Holding at 1750 Acres – $1.2 Million Spent So Far [AUDIO]

Firefighters are making excellent progress on the Firestone Flats Fire on the Flathead Reservation, holding the fire at 1,750 acres.

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Gold Pan Complex Tops 13,000 Acres – Fire Season Just Starting [AUDIO]

The Gold Pan Fire Complex currently burning in wilderness areas about 35 miles southwest of Darby was very active on Tuesday, growing by almost 2,000 acres to over 13,000 acres.

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UPDATE – Evacuations Lifted on Firestone Flats Fire [AUDIO]

UPDATE - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 30

Fire Information officer Brian LaMoure at the Firestone Flats fire burning on the Flathead Reservation said residents will be allowed back into their homes as of 5:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

"The really good news is that, conditions permitting, that we're going to allow the residents back into their homes tonight at 5 o'clock," LaMoure said. "They'll have to check in at what they call the Wye, but they're also waiting because we're grading the road, which is making the residents very happy, as well. The fire's heavy equipment has been going over that road and it needed some improvement to get them in and out quickly and safely, but we're pleased to be allowing residents back into their homes, conditions permitting."

LaMoure said the fire is now about 40% contained, still at around 1750 acres, and said the costs associated with the fire are now above $750,000. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, although there has been no lightning in the area for over a week.
Fire Information Officer Brian LaMoure

UPDATE - 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 29

The Firestone Flats fire burning on the Flathead Reservation has been held to 1750 acres, according to fire information officer Cindy Super.

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West Mullan Fire
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West Mullan Fire 60% Contained – $7 Million Spent So Far [AUDIO]

Tuesday was a good day for firefighters battling the West Mullan Fire near Superior. Fire Information Officer Pat McKelvey said late Tuesday that the fire is now about 60% contained.

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New Fire Reported Near 2011 West Riverside Fire Location [AUDIO]

Several agencies are battling a new fire reported this morning near the location of the 2011 West Riverside fire. Cindy Super, fire information officer with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, says the fire is a little more than an acre in size, but is attracting a lot of attention.

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