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Old 08-22-2015, 01:11 AM
 
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I know that some of you are following the wildfires in NW MT. The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Facebook page is updated regularly, and you may want to take a look at the maps.
https://www.facebook.com/ScotchmanPeaks?fref=ts

As of 8/20:



The MT fires are burning mainly on the east side of highway 56 (between Troy and Noxon/Heron), and the Ross Creek Cedars are threatened. Here is a link to a Montana Public Radio interview about evacuations around Noxon and Heron:
Neighbors Helping Neighbors In Northwest Montana | MTPR

Here's a heartbreaking picture from the website. It is looking NW from the one of the bridges over the Bull River toward Billiard Table Mountain. There is actually a picture in my C-D album of the exact same place, under more pleasant conditions, and I took another from that same spot just last week.





More information on the Forest Service Inciweb site:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4531/

Last edited by Clark Fork Fantast; 08-22-2015 at 01:43 AM.. Reason: Adding info
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Old 08-22-2015, 08:47 AM
 
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That is truly sickening. Once one gets some momentum it can really move fast.

We had the huge 2012 fire of 1/4 million acres. It was horrifying to see great big healthy pine trees just explode on the ridge across the highway from the house. It is an experience I do not care to ever repeat.
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Old 08-22-2015, 06:23 PM
 
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Good news reported on the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/ScotchmanPeaks?fref=ts

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Firefighters took advantage of the relatively quiet day to complete burnouts between properties along the Bull River and the Napoleon Gulch Fires. This served to connect wildfire burnouts and create a solid black line between the fires and homes in the Bull River Valley. Fire Crews used pumps, hoses, and sprinklers to increase the humidity levels around homes.
As far as we can tell, the Sawtooth fire has been quiet with little activity. It is currently measured at 2,129 acres and has grown little over the past few days. Although it has affected much of the Upper Ross Creek Area, it seems that the fire has stopped short of moving down into the beloved old growth of the Ross Creek Cedars!
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Old 08-25-2015, 08:42 PM
 
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News from the Sawtooth fire, the one getting closer to the Ross Creek Cedars Scenic Area. The firefighters are still struggling, and the weather is hot, dry, and windy :

Firefighters Work To Keep Sawtooth Fire Away From Ross Creek Cedars | MTPR
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Old 08-26-2015, 07:47 PM
 
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From the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness website:

https://www.facebook.com/ScotchmanPeaks?fref=ts
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Friends - we have received work that the Lakeside Restaurant and Motel in Trout Creek, MT needs help feeding the numerous firefighters stationed there. They will need around 5 volunteers each evening from about 7:30 until 11, and then have a morning shift starting at around 3:30 am. We know that these hours are tough and Trout Creek is a long drive for many of you, but we ask that you consider lending a hand. You can let them know if you will be able to help by calling the Lakeside Restaurant directly at (406) 827-4458.
Organizers in the area have also requested that people bring by homemade baked goods to be left in the dining area. If you would like to make some baked goods for the firefighters, you can take them to the dentist's office in Thompson Falls or directly to the Lakeside Restaurant. If a number of people want to bring some baked goods to the FSPW office, we could take them out this weekend when we go to help out. Email nathan@scotchmanpeaks.org to ask when somebody will be in the office.
Thanks so much for supporting our brave woodland firefighters.
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Old 08-27-2015, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Thank you for the updates Clark Fork.

Smoke is so thick in Helena this morning you can't see the sun. New fire started up at Agusta yesterday, they are finally getting the Sucker Creek fire up at Lincoln under control, the fire at Toston is pretty much out, and they're getting the fire north of Phillipsburg contained.

Really looking forward to snow this year.

I really hope they can protect the Ross Creek Cedars. I visited there a couple years ago, and while they survived the big burn, their luck can't hold out forever. I'd really hate to lose them.
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Old 08-27-2015, 11:15 AM
 
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Well, been here at Flathead for the week & most days you can't see the lake. Yuck.
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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I can remember several posts here in the last year or two from folks who were thinking/wanting to move to western Montana, and asked specifically about the "air quality" in general and about the "inversions" and potential "smoke problems" that they had heard about.

I would welcome any comments and/or opinions from any of those folks who did move to western Montana and what they now think of the present "air-quality" conditions that we now are faced with.

Just courious........................
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Old 08-27-2015, 02:31 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Is this a particularly bad year for fires in that area? I know it's a really bad year for wildfires here in California due to the drought.

Just wondering how typical - or not - this is for NW Montana.
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Old 08-27-2015, 02:33 PM
 
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Pretty much an annual event since the courts shut down forest management and allowed the fuel load to grow to dangerous levels.
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