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July 31, 1994 | From Associated Press
A speeding forest fire destroyed several houses near this Bavarian-theme tourist town Saturday after forcing workers to shut down the water plant. "Smoke is hanging in heavy and there's a lot of anxiety," said city administrator Mike Cecka, although the fire had turned away from the town itself. About 25 miles northeast, a fire that had burned across 86,000 acres of grass and pine trees was moving away from the lake resort town of Chelan, but a number of houses in the area remained evacuated.
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September 8, 2000 | From Associated Press
With firefighters still gaining on blazes that have blackened thousands of acres across Montana and Idaho, officials are beginning to shift some of their resources to rehabilitating the scarred landscape. Some of the firefighters being pulled off blazes in western Montana are being reassigned for duties that include planting new seeds and clearing fallen timber and debris from natural drainage canals in the burned forests. "With the devastation the fires have caused this summer, you can imagine what a massive task that's going to be," Dave Daniels, an information officer with the Forest Service in Missoula, said Thursday.
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August 13, 2000 | From Associated Press
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency toured fire-blackened Montana landscape Saturday, promising federal aid for local governments strapped by the expense of fighting this summer's wildfires. A child's bicycle still smoldered in a field as FEMA Director James Lee Witt visited this former mining camp. Flames had swept through the small town earlier in the week, destroying an abandoned post office and other buildings.
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September 7, 2000 | Associated Press
Firefighters are leaving Montana by the planeload as demobilization begins for the worst fire season in decades. At least 300 firefighters have returned to their homes in the southeastern and southwestern United States, and more were expected to head to other fires across the country by the end of the week. "The pendulum has now swung the other way," said Bill Cowin, incident commander for a fire camp that has been set up in Missoula, Mont., to handle demobilization.
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September 7, 2000 | Associated Press
Firefighters are leaving Montana by the planeload as demobilization begins for the worst fire season in decades. At least 300 firefighters have returned to their homes in the southeastern and southwestern United States, and more were expected to head to other fires across the country by the end of the week. "The pendulum has now swung the other way," said Bill Cowin, incident commander for a fire camp that has been set up in Missoula, Mont., to handle demobilization.
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November 26, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A cold front that swept into Montana brought two huge range fires to a smoldering standstill. The fires were the largest of a swarm that swept over an estimated 38,000 acres Friday night and Saturday. In Colorado, firefighters took advantage of a break in the wind to lay down a fire line around a 7,000-acre fire that destroyed 10 homes northwest of Boulder.
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September 8, 2000 | From Associated Press
With firefighters still gaining on blazes that have blackened thousands of acres across Montana and Idaho, officials are beginning to shift some of their resources to rehabilitating the scarred landscape. Some of the firefighters being pulled off blazes in western Montana are being reassigned for duties that include planting new seeds and clearing fallen timber and debris from natural drainage canals in the burned forests. "With the devastation the fires have caused this summer, you can imagine what a massive task that's going to be," Dave Daniels, an information officer with the Forest Service in Missoula, said Thursday.
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August 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
A federal agency closed an additional 1.3 million acres of its land in Montana on Tuesday to protect against the danger of Western wildfires that have scorched an area the size of New Hampshire this year. The move by the Bureau of Land Management came as U.S. Forest Service spokesman Ed Nesselroad said that agency was preparing to close off more of its land as well.
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November 25, 1990 | From Associated Press
Blazes fanned by high winds roared through two states on Saturday, charring some 38,000 acres and at least a half-dozen houses in Montana while destroying 14 structures and forcing scores of residents to flee their homes in Colorado. Firefighters hoped for help from an arctic front bringing windchill readings of 15 degrees below zero to 40 degrees below zero.
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August 29, 2000 | From Associated Press
A fast-moving wildfire closed the scenic Beartooth Highway to Yellowstone National Park and threatened up to 150 houses Monday, some of them million-dollar homes in the Montana woods. Elsewhere, a firestorm in an Idaho forest destroyed most of the buildings at a guest ranch, and a second guest ranch was ordered evacuated. The fire near Red Lodge became the No.
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August 30, 2000 | From Associated Press
Montana's governor asked President Clinton to declare the state a federal disaster area Tuesday because of its huge wildfires, as exhausted firefighters looked hopefully toward the weekend and the possibility of rain. Gov. Marc Racicot told Clinton that the state has exhausted its firefighting resources and asked for a federal disaster declaration that would free up more federal money. The governor estimated wildfires are costing Montana businesses $3 million a day.
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August 29, 2000 | From Associated Press
A fast-moving wildfire closed the scenic Beartooth Highway to Yellowstone National Park and threatened up to 150 houses Monday, some of them million-dollar homes in the Montana woods. Elsewhere, a firestorm in an Idaho forest destroyed most of the buildings at a guest ranch, and a second guest ranch was ordered evacuated. The fire near Red Lodge became the No.
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August 28, 2000 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The governor of a state racked by the worst wildfires in half a century blamed the Clinton administration Sunday for failing to act on evidence that the Western states were increasingly prone to ravaging fires. "Everybody was warned of this . . . and what I'm saying is we have not attached the right priority to these issues," Montana Gov. Marc Racicot, a Republican, said on "Fox News Sunday," as fire officials reported more than 1.6 million acres ablaze in 13 Western states.
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August 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
A federal agency closed an additional 1.3 million acres of its land in Montana on Tuesday to protect against the danger of Western wildfires that have scorched an area the size of New Hampshire this year. The move by the Bureau of Land Management came as U.S. Forest Service spokesman Ed Nesselroad said that agency was preparing to close off more of its land as well.
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August 21, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Like the original Smokey Bear, a small cub has emerged burned but alive from the wildfires that have charred forests and range land across Montana. The cub, apparently orphaned and weighing only about 20 pounds, was in a veterinary clinic being treated for burns on all four paws. In Montana, 30 fires had burned about 600,000 acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. That accounts for almost half the 1.
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August 20, 2000 | From Associated Press
Firefighters raced to make as much progress as possible against a menacing wildfire Saturday before expected windy weather could whip the flames into another dash across the countryside. The blaze near Toston had swept across 100,000 acres in three days. Cool temperatures and light rain kept it quiet during the night, officials reported Saturday, but a cold front was expected to arrive with strong wind and no moisture.
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August 21, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Like the original Smokey Bear, a small cub has emerged burned but alive from the wildfires that have charred forests and range land across Montana. The cub, apparently orphaned and weighing only about 20 pounds, was in a veterinary clinic being treated for burns on all four paws. In Montana, 30 fires had burned about 600,000 acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. That accounts for almost half the 1.
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August 30, 2000 | From Associated Press
Montana's governor asked President Clinton to declare the state a federal disaster area Tuesday because of its huge wildfires, as exhausted firefighters looked hopefully toward the weekend and the possibility of rain. Gov. Marc Racicot told Clinton that the state has exhausted its firefighting resources and asked for a federal disaster declaration that would free up more federal money. The governor estimated wildfires are costing Montana businesses $3 million a day.
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August 13, 2000 | From Associated Press
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency toured fire-blackened Montana landscape Saturday, promising federal aid for local governments strapped by the expense of fighting this summer's wildfires. A child's bicycle still smoldered in a field as FEMA Director James Lee Witt visited this former mining camp. Flames had swept through the small town earlier in the week, destroying an abandoned post office and other buildings.
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August 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
More than 6 million acres of southwestern Montana were closed to the public Wednesday as wildfires burned across 300,000 acres of the state, destroying houses and driving hundreds of people from their homes. Gov. Marc Racicot ordered the closures on state land and said similar closures were pending on national forest and tribal land. The combined closures affect 6 million to 8 million acres, he said. "We would not do this if it were not absolutely essential," Racicot said. "This is devastating."
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