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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. Expect delays of 10-15 minutes.

The BNSF and Amtrak trains ha

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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CHS Foundation Executive Director, William Nelson presented a $250,000 check from the CHS Foundation to MSU-Northern Chancellor Greg Kegel for Northern’s new Diesel Technology Building. (Photo:MSU Northern)
CHS Foundation Executive Director, William Nelson presented a $250,000 check from the CHS Foundation to MSU-Northern Chancellor Greg Kegel for Northern’s new Diesel Technology Building. (Photo:MSU Northern)
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CHS Foundation Donates $250,000 to MSUN Auto/Diesel Center

Havre, Mont. - August 21, 2015 -Continuing its longstanding partnership with Montana State University-Northern, the CHS Foundation today, presented a check for $250,000 for use in  Northern's new Auto/Diesel Technology Center

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A firefighter works on the Haywood Creek fire 8-21-15 (USFS Photo)
A firefighter works on the Haywood Creek fire 8-21-15 (USFS Photo)
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L&C Nat’l Forest Wildfire Update 8-21-15

There are currently 11 fires burning on the Lewis & Clark National Forest. Most are very small, and all were caused by lightning in early August.

Current Status of the Family Creek Complex: Total acres – 698 (more accurate mapping from infrared 8/20)

Fires are currently creeping and smoldering. Structure protection established at

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The Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burns east of Highway 2 and south of McDonald Creek about 2 miles south of Essex, MT, Aug. 21, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor-NPS)
The Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burns east of Highway 2 and south of McDonald Creek about 2 miles south of Essex, MT, Aug. 21, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor-NPS)
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US-2 is OPEN! Pilot Cars Leading Traffic through Fire Area

Thompson Complex Fire Update for 8-22-15 9:00am

A cold front with thunderstorms and some rain late yesterday cleared the smoky conditions in the area. The rain had some slowing effect on the fires. However, all fi

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The Billings Chinook Type-1 Helicopter flies to the Sheep Fire past Essex, MT, with a load of fire retardant from the mobile retardant base Aug. 20, 2015. (Photo Jonathan Moor, GNP)
The Billings Chinook Type-1 Helicopter flies to the Sheep Fire past Essex, MT, with a load of fire retardant from the mobile retardant base Aug. 20, 2015. (Photo Jonathan Moor, GNP)
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Thompson Fire Complex Update 8-21-15 9:00am

Sheep Fire is now 1/2 mile from US-2, BNSF Tracks
US-2 remains closed to thru traffic between East Glacier and West Glacier. Local residents are being allowed through to retrieve valuables from homes and cabins in the Essex Area. Residents have

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Highway 2 was closed mid-day Aug. 20, 2015, until further notice east of Essex, MT due to the approach of the Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire. (photo Jonathan Moor, GNP)
Highway 2 was closed mid-day Aug. 20, 2015, until further notice east of Essex, MT due to the approach of the Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire. (photo Jonathan Moor, GNP)
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Sheep Fire Update: 8-20-15 10:00pm

US2 CLOSED TO THRU TRAFFIC

 

The Sheep Fire was very active today with the westerly influence of the predicted Red Flag weather conditions. This condition kept ground forces from engaging with direct handline operations. A heavy helicopter w

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