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Revisiting Fire History Studies

One of the cornerstones of current forest policy is the assumption that Western forests are outside of their normal density and appearance or what is termed “historic variability.” But a new look at fire history studies may challenge that assumption.

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Mom and Dad Dodge Red Eagle Fire, Return Home Safe From Babbfest

Babb, Montana is about nine miles from St. Mary, Montana, on the eastern edge of Glacier National Park. Every year the tiny town holds its 'Babbfest,' an outdoor music shindig boasting as much PBR, hemp t-shirts, Indian tacos and gourmet tequila shooters as any 20- or 30-something could possibly desire. Bands play all day long, local wares are sold in booths, and everyone generally has a jolly old time. Babbfesters camp at the festival, which makes sense: this year tickets were $40, and admission meant an all-you-can-drink party that reached its pinnacle of fun around 1 A.M. when the headlining band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band out of New Orleans, began playing. My parents love Babbfest. I've never been, so I tune in with a keen ear to their stories. They're fond of saying things like 'We were looking to win the award for the oldest people there' when they talk about it. I don't know why; they're fun. Not, you know, mosh pit fun, but they're fun.

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Crews Continue Battling Blazes West of Missoula, Interstate 90 Opens

  Photo of I-90 Fire by Chris Lombardi/New West
Hundreds of firefighters are out working on the now four fires west of Missoula near Alberton. Fire officials now estimate the blazes total about 3,300 acres and they're growing.

Meanwhile, the Lolo National Forest is also dealing with a new start in its Superior Ranger District, the Prospect Fire, which quickly grew to about 80 acres while smokejumpers were called in for initial attack today. By early evening it was about 350 acres and spotting one mile out in front of the fire -- moving pretty fast. A Type II team has been ordered for tomorrow.

Update: Officals reopened all four lanes of I-90 as of 2 p.m. today, but warn there still may be some delays and decreased speed limits. The Clark Fork River remains closed to all activities.

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