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Posted by Bonnie12 2 years ago
anyone know where the smoke in the air is coming from?
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Posted by cubby 2 years ago
My guess with all the winds lately would be the CO. fires.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson 2 years ago
My guess would be Helena....WE ARE BURNING TO THE GROUND!!!!

Big Fire in the Scratchgravel Hills here....another in the Bull Mountains near Boulder, and another in the Tobacco Roots near Pony.

With a howling 35 mph wind here, that would get the smoke over to Miles very quick.
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Posted by Bonnie12 2 years ago
thanks
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Posted by Amorette Allison 2 years ago
I have a friend who lives in one of the threatened subdivisions. I hope her house is okay!
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Posted by Cory Cutting 2 years ago
The High Park Fire in Fort Collins is over 87,000 acres. The fire in Colorado Springs is 4,000+ and is nearing homes on the east side of Cheyenne Mountain. There are at least 12 fires burning on the front range. It's crazy down here!
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Posted by howdy 2 years ago
another one in the Bull Mts. and blowing toward us...scary...We are 10 miles south of Roundup and the fire is west of us a few miles so far...
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Posted by steve Larson 2 years ago
Bear trap fire between Norris and Bozeman...2300 + acres has jumped the highway and the Madison river....Road is closed between Norris and four corners! Foolish people and their fireworks!
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Posted by neonfreedom 2 years ago
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Posted by neonfreedom 2 years ago
how sad,and crazy.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson 2 years ago
That map rocks.

No fire danger in Arizona, New Mexico, or Idaho.

Stay out of our business, federal government!
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Posted by Amorette Allison 2 years ago
Smoke plume southwest of town. Steve will try to track it down after dinner. I'll be at the city council meeting. I hope their air con works.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. 2 years ago
Smoke plume southwest of town.


Spontaneous combustion of Cactus Plain's chemtrail's maybe?
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Posted by Chris P 2 years ago
I hear Ashland has a fire. Again.
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Posted by Melita 2 years ago
My cousin in Colstrip said there is 1 close to there. It may be the Ashland 1?
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Posted by cooch 2 years ago
The fire is nere the Amish place at Ashland
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Posted by Cindy Stalcup 2 years ago
There is a fire on Ash Creek.



[This message has been edited by Cindy Stalcup (6/26/2012)]
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Posted by Dr Mac 2 years ago
Saying prayers that you do not have the devastation we had here in Texas (Grimes, Waller,and Montgomery Counties) in early Sept 2011. We were evacuated 3 times and for 7 days the last time. Much luckier than a few subdivisions around us which burned to the ground. No fire damage, just inconvenience and docking of pay and vacation days :-(

U.S. govenment doesn't help. We lost about $3000 due to loss of home/business use, hotel and restaurant bills, clothing (cheap from Walmart) because we had no access to our possessions unexpectedly, etc, etc. etc.

Prayers to all in the fire zones in Montana, Utah, Colorado, and elsewhere.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. 2 years ago
There is a fire on Ash Creek.


Cindy: Is that the Ash Creek to the south of the Garland school or another Ash Creek? Seem like there are several drainage's with that name.
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Posted by Its Me 2 years ago
Cindy,

Did you take that picture? Looks nice, you must have a good camera.
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Posted by MTgal 2 years ago
A friend sent this picture of the Scratch Gravel fire in Helena. This is my first attempt to add a picture so hope it works.


{img}http://www.flickr.com/photos/hunu/7455007820/in/photostream/{/img}

Can someone please advise what I'm doing wrong to post a pic? I copied the URL from the pic.

[This message has been edited by MTgal (6/27/2012)]
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson 2 years ago
Use a "[" bracket instead of a "{" bracket.
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Posted by MRH 2 years ago
Gunnar it needs more help than the bracket change, but I could not find the problem. Any way I need to go feed sheep.
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Posted by Levi Forman 2 years ago
Flickr is not very friendly for this sort of thing. I rehosted it for you on photobucket. Hope you don't mind. Awesome picture.

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Posted by MRH 2 years ago
Good job Levi, and yes that is a stunning photo. Thanks for sharing.
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Posted by MTgal 2 years ago
Thanks Levi.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. 2 years ago
Is that an HDR photo? It is a great shot... looks like a painting.
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Posted by tom regan 2 years ago
The Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs devastated a neighborhood in the foothills west of town. Check out the video's.

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20949291
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Posted by Levi Forman 2 years ago
I'm not the best at seeing it, but yeah, I'd say that's an HDR shot.
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Posted by neonfreedom 2 years ago
I looked at the pictures from the site tom Regan posted and it brought tears to my eyes...im not even being effected by these fires "YET" but i have a family..a husband,a 15 month old son and 2 puppies...i could not even imagine seeing our house or my families houses being brunt up...MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHT GO OUT TO ALL THE FAMILIES,CHILDREN,PETS,AND ALL THE WILD LIFE THAT IS RUNNING AND THAT HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES TO THESE DEVASTATING FIRES..May god answer our prayers and bring rain...
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Posted by Barb Holcomb 2 years ago
I just had a family fly into Landstuhl to see their wounded son who lost both legs a couple days ago. They came from Co Springs and when they left their house yesterday, the only thing between them and their house was a bridge. The house has suddenly become the least of their worries. Their son, his wife and they have a long road ahead.
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Posted by Dr Mac 2 years ago
God bless this family with an injured son...Help them weather this storm.
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Posted by Cindy Stalcup 2 years ago


The firefighters saved our place Wednesday night. This is Highway 212. I took this smokey pic Thursday afternoon by our mailbox after an ice run to Gillette. The right side is toast and the left side is the frontage of our place.

There is nothing quite as humbling as watching the whole ponderosa ridge across the road in front of your house torch off in the middle of the night. Hope you all get to miss that experience. Stay safe.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. 2 years ago
Here is a map of the Ash Creek fire as of 7:30 am on 30-Jun-12.
The red is active fire in the last 6 hours, orange is active fire in the last 24 hours, and yellow is fire since the first of the year.


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Posted by Bridgier 2 years ago
Is there a link to the site for that image Richard? It sounds like the fire's about 5 miles from my aunt's place in Stacey.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. 2 years ago
Not exactly. I created the picture with the viewer tool and then hosted it on photobucket.
http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/conus/viewer.htm

With this viewer you need to turn on the MODIS layer to see where the fire is and you can zoom in to your area of interest.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. 2 years ago
The bright green drainage on the right is Pumpkin Creek.

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Posted by Cindy Stalcup 2 years ago
When we looked last night it was on upper East Fork, Wilbur Creek, Beaver Creek, & Little Pumpkin and moving fast in rough country.
A firefighter pointed out to us yesterday that it is so hot it is burning green decideous trees and shrubs which is not common.

Great map Richard, thanks.

Inciweb just posted an update.
http://inciweb.org/state/27/

[This message has been edited by Cindy Stalcup (6/30/2012)]
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Posted by Don Birkholz 2 years ago
Ash Creek Fire is now (Sat June 30), 150,000 acres. They are trying to keep it on the North side of 212 highway, as it would be hard to fight if it gets south of the highway. Will be starting back fires Sunday in its predicted path, which may burn more REA poles and cut the electrictiy to Broadus, which just got electricity Saturday night, after being out of electricity for five days.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. 2 years ago
30-Jun-12 @10:30pm

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Posted by Bob Netherton II 2 years ago
I'm pretty sure about two weeks ago I heard some official say ths would be a "normal" wildfire year in Montana. I hope this isn't the new normal.
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Posted by Diane Emeney 2 years ago
Does anyone know of any fires out on Moon Creek?
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Posted by Cindy Stalcup 2 years ago
Bridgier- Stacey creek drainage is part of recent evacuations.
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Posted by Bridgier 2 years ago
Yeah, it's my understanding that they thought they'd gotten some containment on the Beaver creek side, but that the winds came up and the fire got loose again. I'll find out later tonight if my dad and my aunt are going to evacuate or not.

Whatever happens, it'll be 50 years or more before it looks like the country I remember.
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Posted by Lynne 2 years ago
Diane,
The fire at Mooncreek started in Custer County and is now in Rosebud County and is supposed to be under control.
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Posted by howdy 2 years ago
Bridgier, let me know if Sandy and your Dad have to evacuate...My prayers go to the Stacey community...we are in a similiar status....going thru a change in weather right now that is predicted to be hell on earth but so far not bad...Managed to get our horses trailered out of here this noon and so now I am relaxed a bit more...
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Posted by Diane Emeney 2 years ago
Thanks for letting me know Lynne I always worry about mooncreek fires.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. 2 years ago
30-Jun-12






As of 6.00 am on 2-Jul-12
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Posted by Bridgier 2 years ago
That breakout in the north by Kolka's is the one that's got me worried the most. Looks like it really got loose south of the road as well...
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Posted by howdy 2 years ago
Oh no by Kolkas is really getting close...Hope the Kolkas ranches are OK and God Bless the community up in Stacey...
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Posted by Bridgier 2 years ago
They were able to save all the buildings at Cecil Kolka's and Stinsons - hopefully there's not a bunch of wind in the wrong direction today.

Dad & Sandra haven't left yet, which seems a little risky, particularly since they don't have reliable land line service, and no cell coverage.

If it DOES blow up today, I would assume they'd head for town, but I've been assuming that for the last several days
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. 2 years ago
The wind shifted overnight and is blowing the smoke in our (Gillette) direction. It is so thick that you can't see Rawhide Butte from the airport which is about a mile away. I can't imagine what it is like as you get closer to the fire. Not a good day to be out if you have respiratory issues.
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Posted by Levi Forman 2 years ago
Some pictures on the inciweb site.

http://inciweb.org/incident/photographs/2958/





[This message has been edited by Levi Forman (7/2/2012)]
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Posted by Chris Gamrath 2 years ago
At least there's some patches of green left for what livestock there is still in the area. I can only imagine the loss of livestock and wildlife given the time of year and forest leasing for people's cattle.

Haven't heard from my sister tonight but did see that her and Mom were headed to Beverly Green's with a truck load of ice tonight.

I know I'm not a weather forecaster but given the high temps and the fronts butting into each other tommorow, I'm seriously praying for everyone's safety in the next 24 hours. It looks to get very very nasty.
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Posted by Levi Forman 2 years ago
Anyone with cattle in that area has a serious problem. Especially since on BLM land they won't even let burned over ground be grazed the year after the fire in some cases.
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Posted by howdy 2 years ago
thanks for that update, Bridgier, yesterday so glad Cecil Kolkas blgs were saved...I imagine your Dad and Sandra stayed behind to try to fight for their blgs too but that is scary and I am hoping they got out by now...last update I heard, it was on Elk Ridge a mile south of Stacey School so it is in that heavy timber on elk ridge and bearing down on our old ranch...God Bless the Stacey residents and prayers for their cattle and homes...Oh, also, hope the other Kolka ranch was saved as well...
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. 2 years ago
As of 6.00 am on 3 July 2012:

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Posted by SZ 2 years ago
They're saying this damn Ash Creek Fire is the size of the state of New Hampshire! Was out yesterday to help a friend look for his cows on his forest lease, and I think we located most of them, he'll know better in a few days once they all filter back to the water tank. Even with the wind blowing to the east yesterday, the fire kept burning back towards Minnows and Kolka's. When I left last night it was burning up to the east side of Beavercreek Road. Earlier yesterday a D-4 cat and two graders continued to cut a guard up the divide to hook into the other side to try to keep this monster contained. Heard Hansen's 3rd lease was burning, and the fire jumped over highway 212 to the south.

What little hay the area ranchers had is now burned, some fields were spared, but not near enough to sustain their cattle. The grass on the leases is gone, and it will be at least two years before they are allowed to graze them again.....this is so devastating, not to metion the thousands of acres of great hunting land now destroyed, herds of elk displaced to who knows where.....Not sure if the ranchers will be able to find enough pastures elsewhere to lease so they can graze their herds, or if many will be forced to sell. Terrets were gathering about 400 head of yearlings that were on Davis's fields, mixed in with Mike's cows along with some of Hansens. Not sure if the fire made it to Brian and Maggie Dice's yet on the other side, but I fear if it hasn't it surely will. IT was exploding to the east yesterday, it looked like the air tankers were on a WWII bombing mission, intermixed with some Super Huey's and a CH-47....flames and smoke towering hundreds of feet in the air as the fire continued it's march on it's path of destruction. Lots of prayers by many have given many others hope. It is bad, it will get worse in the short term, but it will eventually be stopped.
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Posted by Bridgier 2 years ago
If it breaks through at Wiltse's, they're going to let it burn over to the north side of Liscomb.
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Posted by Steve Sullivan 2 years ago
WE're pretty dry here in Idaho too. We just had a 1 day fire on the edge of town that took 66 homes and 20 other buildings. I hope all you folks in MT come out okay this summer.
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Posted by howdy 2 years ago
Another fire just broke out near Laurel...Never ending...Helicopters flying that way now....
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Posted by Cindy Stalcup 2 years ago
There is a big plume from two new fires East of Fort Howes.
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Posted by ellie may 2 years ago
we pray for everyone effected by this fire.
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Posted by Don Birkholz 2 years ago
The Ash Creek fire was subject to a fairly windy July third evening and July fourth early morning, with breezy winds from the north. A July fourth report from http://inciweb.org/incident/2958/ indicates the fire is now 204,000 acres and has reportedly entered Custer County.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. 2 years ago
As of 6:00am on 4-Jul-2012

Major expansion overnight. Looks like this is right on top of the Stacy school.



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Posted by Matt Smith 2 years ago
Richard,

Thanks for posting this information.
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Posted by Don Birkholz 2 years ago
As of 6:00 pm, July fourth, now 244,000 acres burned.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. 2 years ago
As of 5:30 am 5-Jul-2012. Now in Custer County


New fire west of Quietus
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Posted by Don Birkholz 2 years ago
Ash Creek fire is now 70% contained, with the north and northeast part still active. Highway 212 from Broadus to Ashland will reopen at 8 am tomorrow. The Taylor Creek fire is south of the Ash Creek fire, not too far away, is around 50,000 acres in size and only 20% contained.
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Posted by Chris Gamrath 2 years ago
Hope it was the same for all areas of this monster, but as of 9:30 last night, 2.3 inches of much needed rain was being reported from the NE side of the fire lines. Thankyou one and all for your prayers.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. 2 years ago
As requested, (you can thank me with a discount on a bottle of wine )

everything is yellow today which likely means they are mopping up.



I did notice that there is a spot on the map about 12 miles southeast of Knowlton on the Custer-Fallon county line. It doesn't show anything burning, so I am not sure why it was marked. Hopefully, it is nothing.
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Posted by Merry DeAnda 2 years ago
Richard, Thank you.

Stop on by for your discount.

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Posted by Levi Forman 2 years ago
The fire near Knowlton was about a mile or two south of Art Drange's house. I would have guessed it at somewhere between 50 and 100 acres. It was pretty well controlled by mid afternoon yesterday and I'm sure that the rain last night put it down for good.
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Posted by Dr Mac 2 years ago
I am sorry you all are going through this. It was hell last summer and early September when we went through this last year.
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