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Bear Creek cabin is being wrapped to protect it from the Bear Creek Fire. (USFS Photo)
Bear Creek cabin is being wrapped to protect it from the Bear Creek Fire. (USFS Photo)
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Flathead Nat’l Forest Wildfire Update 8-26-15

Flathead National Forest officials are busy dealing with 18 wildfires, in addition to the three (Sheep, Granite, Spruce) that are being managed by the Incident Command Team responsible for the Thompson-Divide Complex...

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Wildland Firefighters Anthony Lee and Michael Rudolph inspect sprinklers  set up to protect the BNSF railroad trestle from to the Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burning about 1 mile south of Essex, MT, Aug. 25, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor, NPS)
Wildland Firefighters Anthony Lee and Michael Rudolph inspect sprinklers set up to protect the BNSF railroad trestle from to the Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burning about 1 mile south of Essex, MT, Aug. 25, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor, NPS)
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Sheep Fire Update 8-26-15 9:00am

The community of Essex remains on evacuation alert.
 
Highway 2 is open. Pilot cars will run 24 hours a day, but the highway could be closed due to changing fire conditions...

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Firefighters hold the line against the Sucker Creek Fire on the Helena Nat'l Forest north of Lincoln. (USFS Photo)
Firefighters hold the line against the Sucker Creek Fire on the Helena Nat'l Forest north of Lincoln. (USFS Photo)
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Sucker Creek Fire Update 8-25-15 11:00am

All evacuations have been lifted. Area closures still in place until further notice.

The lightning-caused Sucker Creek Fire, which is currently burning in the Sucker Creek area on the Lincoln Ranger District, is now approximately 2790 acres, and 55% contained...

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A Sikorsky Sky Crane Type-1 Helicopter drops fire retardant on the Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burning west of Highway 2 between Mile Markers 182 and 181 about 1 mile south of Essex, MT, Aug. 22, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor, NPS)
A Sikorsky Sky Crane Type-1 Helicopter drops fire retardant on the Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burning west of Highway 2 between Mile Markers 182 and 181 about 1 mile south of Essex, MT, Aug. 22, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor, NPS)
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Sheep Fire Update 8-25-15 10:00am

A public meeting for the Thompson-Divide Complex of fires (Thompson, Granite, and Sheep) is scheduled for Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 8:00 p...

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The Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burns west of Highway 2 between Mile Markers 182 and 181 about 1 mile south of Essex, MT, Aug. 22, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor)
The Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burns west of Highway 2 between Mile Markers 182 and 181 about 1 mile south of Essex, MT, Aug. 22, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor)
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Thompson Wildfire Complex Update 8-24-15 8:00am

Sheep Fire is 1 Mile from Essex

Highway 2 is open. Pilot cars will run 24 hours a day, but the highway could be closed due to changing fire conditions...

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A firefighter on the Thompson Fire in Glacier National Park works to extinguish the flames. Credit: Photo by Peggy Miller
A firefighter on the Thompson Fire in Glacier National Park works to extinguish the flames. Credit: Photo by Peggy Miller
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Thompson Wildfire Complex Update – 8-23-15 8:00pm

Sheep Fire 1 mile from Essex
Highway 2 is reopened, with pilot cars escorting traffic in both directions to ensure safe traffic flow through the fire area. Pilot cars will run 24 hours a day, but the highway could be closed due to changing fire conditions. Expect delays of 10-15 minutes.
The BNSF and Amtrak trains have been running.  For more information on Amtrak call 1-(800) 872-7245.

Residents of Essex and the surrounding area have been advised that they may be evacuated if the Sheep Fire becomes an imminent threat. The American Red Cross has prepared to open a shelter at West Glacier if needed.

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