Tag Archives: Montana

Health Issues as Wildfire Smoke Hits Millions in U.S.

Spike in emergency room visits     By MATTHEW BROWN and CAMILLE FASSETT The Associated Press SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires churning out dense plumes of smoke as they scorch huge swaths of the U.S. West Coast have exposed ...

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Shelter Deployment at Montana’s Bridger Hill Fire

Three firefighters involved in burnover     Wildland Firefighter BOZEMAN, Montana – Three firefighters escaped serious injury while working on a wildfire in Montana on Saturday. The Great Falls Tribune reported that three firefighters with the Department of Natural Resources ...

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Montana Hotshot Killed in Crash Leaving Wildfire

Helena Hotshot died in a vehicle accident     Wildland Firefighter MISSOULA, Montana – The U.S. Forest Service has reported that a firefighter from the Helena Hotshot crew, Sarah Madsen, died in a vehicle accident returning home from a fire ...

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USFA: Montana On-Duty Death

Crash at the White River Fire     United States Fire Administration The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Pilot Thomas Duffy, 40, of Central Copters, Inc. on August 24, 2020. On Monday, August 24, 2020, ...

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Pilot Killed in Oregon Wildfire Crash Identified

Duffy had flown search and rescue missions for Gallatin County     HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed while fighting an Oregon wildfire was a former basketball player at Montana ...

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Storms Could Spark More Wildfires in Montana

Unhealthy air alert for several counties     GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfire smoke from California is expected to keep pouring into Montana through Wednesday as much of the state remains under a public health alert due to bad ...

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Small Fire Burns South of Old Faithful

Grand Loop Road closed     WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) — A lightning-caused fire is burning just south of the Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, park officials said Sunday. The fire started at about 5:15 p.m. Saturday and ...

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Montana Officials Predict Active Wildfire Season Amid COVID-19

July is expected to be warmer and drier than normal     By IRIS SAMUELS Associated Press/Report for America HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana will likely see more fires and smoke-filled skies this year than it saw law year, officials ...

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Canadian Railway Pays $1.25M to Settle 2016 Minnesota Wildfire Damage

Skibo Fire burned nearly 1,000 acres     Canadian National Railway has paid $1.25 million to settle damage caused by a 2016 wildfire that burned national forest land in northeastern Minnesota, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The wildfire, known as the ...

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Early-Season Wildfires on Montana Crow Reservation

13 fires in the last week     BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Crow Agency firefighting officials on Friday banned open burning on the southeastern Montana reservation following a string of small, early-season wildfires. Fire crews responded to 13 small fires ...

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