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 Montana Kootenai National Forest Forest Fire 12.11.2015

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Base data

EDIS Number WF-20151211-51205-USA
Event type Forest / Wild Fire
Date/Time December 11 2015 04:22 AM (UTC)
Last update December 11 2015 04:25 AM (UTC)
Cause of event
Damage level Medium Damage level

Geographic information

Continent North-America
Country United States of America
County / State State of Montana
Area Fort Belknap area
Settlement
Coordinate 48° 28.950,108° 45.926

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A large grass fire is burning several miles east of Fort Belknap. There are no reports of injuries at this time; the cause of the fire is not yet known. Randy Perez tells us that the fire is heading toward Pony Hill Cemetery, and is south of Savoy Road. Perez, who lives very close to where the fire is burning, says that it is burning in mostly grass-land, with some alfalfa. He tells us that the wind pushed the fire toward Savoy Road, and the fire then changed direction. Hundreds of tons of hay have burned; at this point, no livestock are believed to have perished. The fire is believed to be about nine miles long, and more than a mile wide. Perez says that ranches have moved two herd of cattle and 100 bulls from the area to escape the approaching flames. At least ten fire trucks are at the scene, with crews responding from the MT Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Harlem, Turner, Chinook, Dodson, Malta, and Fort Belknap. Authorities estimate that the fire has burned about 5,000 acres.

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Fires Continue to Burn on Kootenai National Forest

Fires in Lincoln County continue to burn and send smoke to the Flathead Valley

Unseasonably dry and warm fall weather has allowed the lightning-caused fires in the Goat Rock complex and Marston Fire to continue to burn and send smoke to the Flathead Valley.The fires in the Goat Rock complex have burned more than 22,000 acres and are located in and around the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness and Scotchman Peaks area. The Marston Fire has burned over 7,000 acres north of Trego.

While some of the fires are continuing to grow slowly, the majority of the burning is in the interior with pockets of fuel burning within the perimeter of the fires, fire managers say. These fires will continue to burn and put up smoke until the area receives significant rain and or snow.

 

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Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak Not Andrew & Williamson’s First

The nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to imported Andrew & Williamson cucumbers is not the first illness outbreak linked to produce imported by that company. In 1997, a hepatitis A outbreak that sickened 260 faculty members and students in four different school districts in Calhoun county, Michigan was linked to strawberries sold by A&W. One student needed a liver transplant after this outbreak.

Andrew & Williamson Produce OutbreaksA report that was part of a TED talk at American University states that strawberries served in school lunches “were traced to a processing plant in San Diego, known as Andrew and Williamson.” The company shipped strawberries from the same lot to schools in five other states, including Arizona, southern California, Georgia, Iowa, and Tennessee.

As a result, the CDC and local officials set up clinics in the schools, giving the children immune globulin shots to protect them against the disease. Hundreds  of children had to be immunized as a result of this outbreak, even though the vaccinations were limited to children who ate the fruit.

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California Hardest Hit by Deadly Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak

California has been hardest hit by the Salmonella Poona outbreak linked to cucumbers imported by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. At least 120 people are sick in that state, and one person has died. Andrew & Williamson is based in San Diego, California.

Salmonella photoThat state originally warned consumers about the outbreak on September 4, 2015, the day that Andrew & Williamson recalled the product. Government officials informed the company that there was an epidemiologic association between the cucumbers and the outbreak. The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency found one of the outbreak strains on cucumbers that were collected from the Andrew & Williams facility.

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Salmonella in Cucumbers Sickens 85 in Arizona, 1 Dead

Salmonella in cucumbers has sickened at least 85 people in Arizona, killing one of them, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. The cases, which have been reported from Apache, Coconino, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, and Yuma counties,  are part of a 33-state outbreak that has sickened 558 people.

Salmonella in cucumbers at Red LobsterThe outbreak has been linked to cucumbers grown in Mexico and distributed in the U.S. by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego, California.  Three strains of Salmonella Poona are associated with this outbreak. Four state health departments – Arizona, California, Montana, and Nevada – have isolated Salmonella from Andrew & Williamson cucumbers collected from various locations. The Nevada, Arizona and Montana health departments have all isolated outbreak strains from cucumbers collected from retail locations. And the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency isolated one of the outbreak strains from cucumbers collected from the Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce facility.

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Yellowstone: M 4.7 Earthquake , 37km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana – 13 EQ ranging in Magnitude from 2.5 to 4.7 in the last 5 days 3/31/2014

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13 earthquakes in map area

  1. M 3.1 – 35km NNE of Old Faithful Geyser, Wyoming

     2014-03-31 23:32:45 UTC-05:00 3.6 km

  2. M 2.7 – 33km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana

     2014-03-30 12:37:31 UTC-05:00 5.1 km

  3. M 3.3 – 32km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana

     2014-03-30 10:12:24 UTC-05:00 6.0 km

  4. M 3.1 – 32km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana

     2014-03-30 10:07:49 UTC-05:00 6.6 km

  5. M 2.9 – 33km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana

     2014-03-30 08:56:41 UTC-05:00 3.9 km

  6. M 3.6 – 34km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana

     2014-03-30 08:30:52 UTC-05:00 4.4 km

  7. M 4.7 – 37km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana

     2014-03-30 07:34:39 UTC-05:00 5.6 km

  8. M 2.5 – 35km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana

     2014-03-30 07:18:58 UTC-05:00 3.6 km

  9. M 3.4 – 35km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana

     2014-03-30 05:36:25 UTC-05:00 3.9 km

  10. M 2.8 – 36km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana

     2014-03-30 01:23:48 UTC-05:00 1.5 km

  11. M 2.5 – 30km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana

     2014-03-26 20:24:06 UTC-05:00 6.2 km

  12. M 3.5 – 30km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana

     2014-03-26 18:59:00 UTC-05:00 4.5 km

  13. M 3.0 – 30km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana

     2014-03-26 14:14:36 UTC-05:00 6.4 km

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Yellowstone National Park Hit By Magnitude 4.8 Earthquake

Posted: 03/31/2014 8:51 am EDT Updated: 03/31/2014 8:59 am EDT
YELLOWSTONE


By Laura Zuckerman

March 30 (Reuters) – Yellowstone National Park, which sits atop one of the world’s largest super-volcanoes, was struck on Sunday by a magnitude 4.8 earthquake, the biggest recorded there since February 1980, but no damage or injuries were immediately reported.

The tremor, a relatively light event by seismic standards, struck the northwest corner of the park and capped a flurry of smaller quakes at Yellowstone since Thursday, geologists at the University of Utah Seismograph Stations said in a statement.

The latest earthquake struck at 6:34 a.m. near the Norris Geyser Basin and was felt about 23 miles (37 km) away in two small Montana towns adjacent to year-around entrances to the park – Gardiner and West Yellowstone.

The national park spans 3,472 square miles (8,992 square km) of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, and draws about 3 million visitors each year to its iconic geysers and wildlife attractions, including bison.

A U.S. Geological Survey team planned to tour the Norris Geyser Basin on Sunday to determine if the quake altered any of Yellowstone’s geothermal features, such as geysers, mud pots and hot springs.

 

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Recent Earthquakes in the Intermountain West

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Update time = Sun Mar 30 18:00:04 MDT 2014
Here are the earthquakes appearing on this map, most recent at top …

 MAG    DATE    LOCAL-TIME  LAT     LON    DEPTH    LOCATION
        y/m/d     h:m:s     deg     deg     km
 3.3  2014/03/30 09:12:24 44.777N 110.723W  6.0   29 km (18 mi) S   of  Gardiner, MT
 3.1  2014/03/30 09:07:49 44.770N 110.720W  6.6   30 km (18 mi) S   of  Gardiner, MT
 2.5  2014/03/30 07:56:40 44.770N 110.714W  7.7   30 km (18 mi) S   of  Gardiner, MT
 3.1  2014/03/30 07:30:52 44.772N 110.698W  4.5   29 km (18 mi) S   of  Gardiner, MT
 4.8  2014/03/30 06:34:39 44.778N 110.683W  6.8   29 km (18 mi) S   of  Gardiner, MT
 3.0  2014/03/30 04:36:25 44.786N 110.690W  1.6   28 km (17 mi) S   of  Gardiner, MT
 2.8  2014/03/30 00:23:48 44.785N 110.681W  1.5   28 km (17 mi) S   of  Gardiner, MT
 0.5  2014/03/28 09:41:43 44.825N 110.781W  3.1   24 km (15 mi) SSW of  Gardiner, MT
 2.0  2014/03/28 05:37:16 44.839N 110.513W  7.1   27 km (17 mi) SE  of  Gardiner, MT
 1.9  2014/03/26 18:58:40 44.808N 110.773W  4.3   26 km (16 mi) S   of  Gardiner, MT
 2.2  2014/03/26 18:20:59 44.800N 110.772W  4.1   27 km (17 mi) S   of  Gardiner, MT
 1.5  2014/03/26 18:11:57 44.821N 110.774W  2.0   24 km (15 mi) S   of  Gardiner, MT
 2.0  2014/03/26 18:00:10 44.799N 110.774W  3.9   27 km (17 mi) S   of  Gardiner, MT
 3.5  2014/03/26 17:59:00 44.801N 110.778W  4.5   27 km (17 mi) S   of  Gardiner, MT
 3.0  2014/03/26 13:14:36 44.804N 110.772W  6.4   26 km (16 mi) S   of  Gardiner, MT
 1.4  2014/03/24 12:06:51 44.246N 110.444W  3.6   70 km (43 mi) SE  of  West Yellowstone, MT
 1.7  2014/03/24 05:21:37 44.778N 110.774W  7.5   29 km (18 mi) S   of  Gardiner, MT
 1.1  2014/03/23 22:55:22 44.574N 110.410W  2.7   56 km (35 mi) E   of  West Yellowstone, MT

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UPI

Ancient helium rising to the surface in Yellowstone National Park

Feb. 20, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Steam plumes rise above thermal features at Yellowstone National Park. The U.S. Geological Survey determined the famed national park was releasing hundreds — if not thousands — of times more helium than anticipated. Credit: Ken McGee/U.S. Geological Survey

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 20 (UPI) — Helium, trapped underground for 2 billion years, is bubbling to the surface from steam vents and hot springs of Yellowstone National Park, U.S. researchers say.Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey say the park, located mostly in Wyoming, was releasing hundreds, even possible thousands, of times more of the ancient helium than previously thought, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

About 60 tons are being release each year, enough helium to fill one Goodyear blimp every week, researchers said in a report published in the journal Nature.

Volcanic activity beginning about 2 million years ago initiated the release, they said.

That counts as a “sudden” release compared with how long the helium has been trapped within the Earth’s surface, study coauthor Bill Evans, a research chemist at the USGS office in Menlo Park, Calif., said.

 

 

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State waits on Congress farm bill talks after October blizzard which killed up to a third of some ranchers’ stocks

  • theguardian.com, Monday 28 October 2013 09.48 EDT
Rancher Joe Carley
Rancher Joe Carley works at the Philip Livestock Auction in Philip, South Dakota. Photograph: Chet Brokaw/AP

Joe Carley has nearly finished burying the cattle he lost in a freak early fall blizzard that killed tens of thousands of cattle in western South Dakota. Now, he is figuring out how to dig himself out of the financial hole left after about a quarter of his cows and maybe a third of his calves died in the storm.

“There’s some sleepless nights. There’s a lot of worry. My brain’s always rolling. We’re pulling ourselves out of it, you know. We’re trying to figure things out and step forward,” said Carley, 40, of Philip, during a break from herding cattle at the local livestock sale barn, where he works to help make ends meet.

Other ranchers in the area also don’t plan to give up, despite what state officials have estimated as a loss of 15,000 to 30,000 cattle in the 4-5 October storm that dumped up to 4ft of snow in some parts. The financial loss is staggering, with each calf worth more than $1,000 and each pregnant cow worth $1,500 to $2,000. To make matters worse, most ranchers were only a few weeks away from selling the calves born last spring – their paycheck for the year.

Ranchers like Carley may get low-interest loans or loan guarantees from a US Agriculture Department program and could get some help from a relief fund set up by livestock organizations that have so far collected donations of $400,000 from people in nearly every state and some other countries. A Montana organization is asking ranchers in that state to donate heifers that can be given to help South Dakota ranchers rebuild their herds.

Ranchers also could get a big boost if a federal livestock disaster program that expired in 2011 is revived in a new farm bill. The House and Senate versions of the new farm bill include provisions to do so and to provide retroactive payments, but the two chambers have been unable to agree on a farm bill after passing different versions several months ago. Spurred partly by the disaster, the House and Senate now plan to restart negotiations.

“Anything will help, I guess,” said Carley, who lost 51 cows and 70 calves. “We’re not asking for handouts, either, but there are a lot of people in need around here.”

 

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(WASHINGTON) — Employers cut jobs in 20 states last month, suggesting modest improvement in the U.S. job market this year is not enough to benefit all areas of the country.

The Labor Department said Friday that 29 states added jobs, while Montana showed no net gain or loss in August. Unemployment rates rose in 18 states, fell in 17 and were unchanged in 15.

“The picture is decidedly mixed,” said Jim Diffley, chief US regional economist at IHS Global Insight. “We’re still optimistic about the improvement (in hiring), but it’s been slow.”

Nationally, the economy added 169,000 jobs in August, a modest gain but hardly enough to suggest a

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Posted: Sep 19, 2013 1:09 PM by MTN News – Misoula
Updated: Sep 19, 2013 1:09 PM

MISSOULA – Montana wildlife officials report that more than 100 dead white-tailed deer have been reported in the west Missoula Valley.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials say they are waiting for lab results to come back so they can try to determine what’s caused the deaths.

The public is also being asked to report observations of dead deer to help determine how big of an area is being affected area.

Spokeswoman Vivaca Crowser says FWP first responded to reports from fishing guides and landowners who reported numerous dead deer in and along the Clark Fork River and fields near and downstream from Harper’s Bridge.

She adds in a news release that dead deer have also been found in the Mill Creek area northeast of Frenchtown.

FWP biologists and wardens had accounted for 103 dead deer by Tuesday, with deer still dying and more dead deer undetected.

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RESIDENTS SHOCKED AS 100 DEER FOUND DEAD IN MISSOULA, MONTANA TUESDAY (SEPT 18, 2013)

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Billings Gazette

Biologists ‘floored by mortality’ of whitetail deer along Clark Fork River


FRENCHTOWN – Something is killing whitetail deer by the dozens along the Clark Fork River.“This feels strange,” Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Jay Kolbe said as he walked through high grass on an island across from the former Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. pulp mill. “We ought to be bumping into whitetail all along here.”Instead, the only deer visible were bloated carcasses sticking out of the water, or lying half-eaten on the shore. In the trees, three immature bald eagles, a golden eagle and several hawks shuffled about, waiting for another chance to feed on the carrion.

In a 30-minute walk, Kolbe came across 15 dead deer in various states of decay. He waded into a pool to pull one relatively fresh one to shore for closer examination. The fur on its lower jaw was still slightly bloodstained, and its mouth showed the signs of internal hemorrhaging.

“They come down to water because they’re just burning up inside,” Kolbe said. “I’m hoping to find a still-live one to dispatch so we can get a definite confirmation. These are too far gone to get good blood or tissue.”

More than 100 whitetails have died in this area since the second week of September.

A virus that causes epizootic hemorrhagic disease is the most likely culprit. It’s spread by biting gnats or midges, and primarily affects only whitetail deer. A similar disease commonly known as “blue tongue” hits antelope and has damaged populations throughout eastern Montana.

Mule deer, elk, antelope and bighorn sheep can also get EHD, but incidents are rare. Domestic cattle are generally not affected by either disease, although domestic sheep can be susceptible to blue tongue.

“I worked the Southside Road yesterday, and I was just floored by the level of mortality,” FWP biologist Vickie Edwards said. “They’re on gravel bars or floating in the river. In some places, you can really smell them. The ravens, golden eagles and bald eagles are having a heyday.”

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Science News

Wildlife Managers Track Mysterious Deer Die-off in Montana

Wildlife managers in Montana are trying to pinpoint whether a disease, environmental toxin or chemical agent has caused a die-off of more than 100 whitetail deer in wetlands along a river corridor in the western part of the state.

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(Reuters) – Wildlife managers in Montana are trying to pinpoint whether a disease, environmental toxin or chemical agent has caused a die-off of more than 100 whitetail deer in wetlands along a river corridor in the western part of the state.

The Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks office in Missoula began to receive reports from landowners and boaters 10 days ago of dead deer along the Clark Fork River, and state wildlife biologists had tallied 103 deer carcasses by Tuesday.

“The deer appear to drop dead in their tracks,” said agency educator Vivaca Crowser, adding that the deer showed no outward signs of injury or sickness.

Wildlife experts said a viral disease transmitted by tiny biting flies that hatch near bodies of water may be the culprit, but they were awaiting results from testing by a state lab of organ and blood samples.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Tornado

A mobile home in Acton

A mobile home in Acton was peeled open after a severe storm passed through the area Thursday evening.

03.08.2013 Tornado USA State of Montana, Twin Bridges Damage level Details

Tornado in USA on Friday, 02 August, 2013 at 03:41 (03:41 AM) UTC.

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We’ve learned a possible tornado touched down in Twin Bridges during a severe thunderstorm on Thursday afternoon. Madison County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Steve DiGiovanna tells NBC Montana the National Weather Service is heading down to the town Friday morning to investigate. He says someone took a video of the storm, and he witnessed what appeared to be a tornado funnel touching the ground. The possible tornado may be responsible for some of the damage that tore through the town, DiGiovanna said. A veterinary clinic outside of town had the roof ripped off, he said. The thunderstorm left the entire town and surrounding area without power. DiGiovanna said at least six high-voltage power poles are completely knocked down, and power will not be restored for at least 24 hours- if not two to three days. Other damage to the town includes roofs ripped off of several buildings, such as the aforementioned vet clinic and the public works building. Viewers who sent NBC Montana photos of the damage report buildings in town seem to have had roofs missing as well. At least 100 trees are down, DiGiovanna said, and several buildings suffered structural damage from them. Luckily, no one was hurt, DiGiovanna said. Right now, the fire department, sheriff’s office, Disaster Emergency Services and dozens of volunteers are working to clear up as much of the fallen trees as they can. He said at least 100 people chipped in to help, and it was great to see the community come together during the disaster. NBC Montana is working to get the latest details on this developing story, and will post updates here and on our Facebook page.

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Fast-moving storm tears up Acton trailer park

August 02, 2013 2:00 pm  • 

ACTON — Acton Bar owner Duane Cowdin was “nice and cozy” inside his bar when a storm raced through the area Thursday night.

The bar momentarily lost power, and he could tell there were high winds outside, but he didn’t figure it was much of a storm. Then a neighbor stopped in and asked, “You been to your house? The garage is gone.”

“It raised hell, didn’t it?” Cowdin said Friday morning, standing near what was left of his garage. “It scattered s— from hell to breakfast.”

Cowdin’s house is a little southeast of the Acton Bar. At a trailer park little farther east on Highway 3, at least four trailer houses were destroyed Thursday night and another three or four were damaged.

Joe Lester, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Billings, said the damage in Acton was caused by straight-line winds that probably reached 90 miles an hour shortly after 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

He said debris was strewn for a mile in an area about 200 yards wide, and all the debris followed the same northwest-to-southeast orientation, which would suggest straight-line winds, not a funnel cloud.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Forest / Wild Fires

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7.28.2013 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Montana, [Near to Arlee] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Sunday, 28 July, 2013 at 04:09 (04:09 AM) UTC.

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A wildfire that started early Saturday afternoon in the Firestone Flats area near Arlee exploded to nearly 1,400 acres by 8:30 that evening. According to a tribal fire dispatcher, the blaze began as two fires on a day that saw a red flag warning with winds at 15 to 20 miles per hour and gusts up to 30 miles per hour, and humidity between 10 and 15 percent. “When the humidity gets below 25 percent, you have fire behavior that becomes more extreme,” the dispatcher said. “The fire was reported at 2 p.m. as just a small column of smoke, and by the time we were able to get our aircraft off the ground out of Ronan – which was just a few minutes – we had reports of a huge column of smoke.” He said the cause remains under investigation, but there hasn’t been any lightning in that area for about three weeks and there have been a lot of huckleberry pickers and other people. In order to battle the fire, a large number of resources have already been mobilized, including three single-engine air tankers, three heavy air tankers, three Type One helicopters, one Type Three helicopter, four Type Six engines from tribal fire as well as several more on the way, two Type One hotshot crews – the Lolo and Bitterroot hotshots, and one Type Two initial attack crew. The Arlee and St. Ignatius fire departments are also providing mutual aid and a pair of additional 20-person Type Two crews have been requested. Jocko Canyon was evacuated due to the fire, and roads in and out of the area have been restricted. “There are three roads that access the area, and the one that runs up to St. Ignatius is blocked to traffic going in. The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office has the road coming from Seeley Lake onto the reservation blocked to keep traffic out and then the Jocko Canyon Road is blocked,” the dispatcher said.

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Sunday, 28 July, 2013 at 04:09 (04:09 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Sunday, 28 July, 2013 at 05:01 UTC
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The Firestone Flats fire raced across more than 1,500 acres in the Jocko Canyon area Saturday, even as firefighters fought to stop its growth and protect homes. Reported shortly before 2 p.m., the fire spread quickly, producing a massive smoke plume and challenging firefighters at every turn. In the evening, crews did burnouts along Jocko Road to protect homes. They intended to work through the night, digging lines and watching over the houses, said Martha Smith, a spokeswoman on the fire. “Their main focus is to protect those structures along that road,” she said, adding that more firefighters were arriving by the hour. While crews scrambled to gain a foothold on the ground, helicopters and air tankers dumped water and fire retardant on the heavily timbered canyon east of Arlee. All access to the canyon was blocked and people were evacuated from 21 homes and several campgrounds. The Heart View Center on Jocko Road was opened to evacuees, and animals can get shelter at the Arlee rodeo grounds. The Seeley Lake Ranger District closed the Forest Service’s portion of the Jocko Road to protect public safety. Smoke and ash from the fire was thick in the Seeley and Placid lake areas as darkness fell; the air quality isn’t likely to improve for several days, a health officer warned.

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Burnout operations keep 1,750-acre wildfire in Jocko Canyon in check

  

ARLEE – Bob Fry scanned the smoldering timbered mountainsides of Jocko Canyon late Sunday afternoon and liked what he saw.

As a mini-city of tents and firefighters erupted around him at the Arlee Powwow Grounds, a giant plume of smoke rose from the 1,750-acre Firestone Flats wildfire, climbing straight into the sky.

“If the winds come up and start pushing things around and the fire lays down, then we have trouble,” said Fry, a seasoned incident commander whose Type II team officially took over management of the Arlee fire on Sunday evening.

“As long as it’s going straight up, we know what it’s doing.”

During the day, Fry prepared for his duties by hitting the ground with firefighters from Arlee and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, inspecting the work crews did on Saturday when the wildfire erupted.

“The Arlee fire chief and I went up the canyon and looked at all the structure protection in place and where the fire is burning,” Fry said. “The fire has a lot of potential, especially on the east flank and the north flank.”

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Earth Watch Report  –  Extreme Weather

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It’s that time of the year again, where a hot desert meets the Summer.  Temperatures in the 100s across Phoenix will turn to 115+, with 120+ along the Colorado River Valley as a ridge of high pressure builds in the area.

This ridge will be very large, bringing temperatures 15-20 degrees higher than normal for Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, New Mexico, and Utah.  Other areas like Montana, and Wyoming may also be in the outer fridges of the heatwave ridge.

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Seismic Activity Last  30  days

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Arkansas

  1. 3.4 16km N of Morrilton, Arkansas 2013-05-24 00:44:24-05:00 5.7 km deep

  2. 2.5 15km NNE of Morrilton, Arkansas 2013-05-23 07:22:16-05:00 5.5 km deep

  3. 2.5 15km NNE of Morrilton, Arkansas 2013-05-22 17:02:44-05:00 5.1 km deep

  4. 3.4 16km N of Morrilton, Arkansas 2013-05-22 12:19:39-05:00 5.5 km deep

  5. 2.9 22km E of Cave City, Arkansas 2013-05-21 04:28:06-05:00 15.5 km deep

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California

  1. 3.3 18km SW of Fort Irwin, California 2013-05-25 20:58:31-05:00 3.0 km deep

  2. 2.7 1km NNW of The Geysers, California 2013-05-25 19:29:01-05:00 2.2 km deep

  3. 3.5 10km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-25 17:27:39-05:00 0.0 km deep

  4. 3.5 9km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-25 13:43:02-05:00 0.0 km deep

  5. 2.9 9km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-25 12:35:12-05:00 0.0 km deep

  6. 2.6 12km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-25 10:04:09-05:00 0.1 km deep

  7. 2.6 8km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-25 09:48:10-05:00 0.0 km deep

  8. 2.7 10km SSE of San Juan Bautista, California 2013-05-25 05:12:59-05:00 10.4 km deep

  9. 3.3 10km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 21:27:04-05:00 0.1 km deep

  10. 3.0 9km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 21:23:44-05:00 0.0 km deep

  11. 2.5 11km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 21:18:05-05:00 1.3 km deep

  12. 2.7 9km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 18:29:07-05:00 0.0 km deep

  13. 2.6 11km SW of Westwood, California 2013-05-24 18:27:35-05:00 1.3 km deep

  14. 2.7 9km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 16:32:58-05:00 0.1 km deep

  15. 3.0 19km NE of Shawville, Canada 2013-05-24 14:48:08-05:00 18.0 km deep

  16. 3.2 12km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 13:58:14-05:00 0.0 km deep

  17. 3.2 13km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 13:48:31-05:00 0.1 km deep

  18. 2.8 7km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 13:43:19-05:00 0.0 km deep

  19. 2.9 10km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 13:22:06-05:00 0.0 km deep

  20. 2.6 9km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 13:16:58-05:00 0.0 km deep

  21. 2.8 8km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 12:36:46-05:00 0.0 km deep

  22. 2.5 7km NW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 11:29:53-05:00 0.0 km deep

  23. 2.6 8km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 11:29:10-05:00 0.0 km deep

  24. 3.9 9km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 10:26:21-05:00 9.8 km deep

  25. 2.9 8km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 08:18:54-05:00 6.3 km deep

  26. 2.5 10km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 07:36:14-05:00 1.0 km deep

  27. 2.8 10km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 06:59:08-05:00 0.0 km deep

  28. 3.8 9km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 06:40:15-05:00 0.0 km deep

  29. 2.9 10km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 06:21:38-05:00 0.0 km deep

  30. 2.8 10km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 06:12:41-05:00 0.1 km deep

  31. 3.6 11km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 04:52:18-05:00 0.0 km deep

  32. 4.0 10km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 04:42:52-05:00 5.9 km deep

  33. 3.1 8km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 03:23:14-05:00 0.0 km deep

  34. 2.7 12km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 03:15:17-05:00 6.5 km deep

  35. 4.9 11km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 03:02:19-05:00 5.2 km deep

  36. 3.7 14km SW of Westwood, California 2013-05-24 02:46:08-05:00 0.0 km deep

  37. 2.6 9km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 02:38:43-05:00 7.6 km deep

  38. 2.5 11km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 02:22:19-05:00 2.8 km deep

  39. 2.7 10km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 02:20:21-05:00 6.2 km deep

  40. 2.5 13km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 02:19:20-05:00 7.3 km deep

  41. 3.0 12km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 02:10:03-05:00 0.0 km deep

  42. 2.6 12km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 02:04:14-05:00 0.0 km deep

  43. 2.7 10km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 01:58:51-05:00 0.1 km deep

  44. 3.4 13km SSW of Westwood, California 2013-05-24 01:44:58-05:00 0.0 km deep

  45. 2.8 12km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 01:37:28-05:00 0.0 km deep

  46. 3.0 10km NW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 01:31:06-05:00 0.0 km deep

  47. 2.7 8km NW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 01:12:52-05:00 3.4 km deep

  48. 3.0 8km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 00:46:56-05:00 0.0 km deep

  49. 2.9 8km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 00:39:43-05:00 0.0 km deep

  50. 3.1 13km SSW of Westwood, California 2013-05-24 00:24:42-05:00 0.0 km deep

  51. 2.9 9km NW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 00:18:23-05:00 0.0 km deep

  52. 2.7 7km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 00:13:46-05:00 2.5 km deep

  53. 2.9 9km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 00:09:13-05:00 0.1 km deep

  54. 2.7 11km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 00:06:15-05:00 0.2 km deep

  55. 3.6 8km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 00:01:55-05:00 0.0 km deep

  56. 3.5 9km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-23 23:58:57-05:00 0.1 km deep

  57. 3.4 10km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-23 23:58:08-05:00 0.0 km deep

  58. 2.8 10km NW of Greenville, California 2013-05-23 23:44:42-05:00 0.1 km deep

  59. 2.7 10km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-23 23:40:30-05:00 0.0 km deep

  60. 2.7 10km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-23 23:29:42-05:00 0.0 km deep

  61. 2.5 9km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-23 23:28:31-05:00 1.3 km deep

  62. 2.5 10km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-23 23:25:19-05:00 0.1 km deep

  63. 2.6 10km NW of Greenville, California 2013-05-23 23:23:40-05:00 5.1 km deep

  64. 2.8 10km NW of Greenville, California 2013-05-23 23:09:15-05:00 1.3 km deep

  65. 3.4 15km SE of Chester, California 2013-05-23 23:08:21-05:00 0.0 km deep

  66. 2.6 12km SSW of Westwood, California 2013-05-23 23:07:44-05:00 1.6 km deep

  67. 2.6 10km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-23 23:04:09-05:00 1.6 km deep

  68. 3.4 9km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-23 22:55:56-05:00 10.3 km deep

  69. 3.4 10km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-23 22:55:31-05:00 6.1 km deep

  70. 3.3 11km NW of Greenville, California 2013-05-23 22:51:20-05:00 11.2 km deep

  71. 4.2 9km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-23 22:50:28-05:00 11.4 km deep

  72. 4.6 10km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-23 22:48:57-05:00 14.0 km deep

  73. 5.7 11km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-23 22:47:08-05:00 11.0 km deep

  74. 2.7 33km SW of Rio Dell, California 2013-05-22 16:26:44-05:00 22.6 km deep

  75. 4.2 238km W of Crescent City, California 2013-05-20 08:56:30-05:00 10.0 km deep

  76. 4.3 250km W of Crescent City, California 2013-05-20 08:23:44-05:00 10.0 km deep

  77. 4.3 273km W of Crescent City, California 2013-05-20 08:20:53-05:00 10.0 km deep

  78. 4.1 248km W of Crescent City, California 2013-05-20 08:19:30-05:00 10.0 km deep

  79. 2.8 4km SW of Niland, California 2013-05-19 10:44:43-05:00 2.1 km deep

  80. 4.0 10km S of Rancho Palos Verdes, California 2013-05-15 15:00:06-05:00 1.2 km deep

  81. 4.0 10km S of Rancho Palos Verdes, California 2013-05-15 15:00:06-05:00 0.1 km deep

  82. 3.1 7km NNE of Cabazon, California 2013-05-15 11:20:05-05:00 17.9 km deep

  83. 3.0 6km NW of The Geysers, California 2013-05-15 01:11:55-05:00 4.0 km deep

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Idaho

  1. 2.7 53km NE of Idaho City, Idaho 2013-05-21 01:23:52-05:00 9.0 km deep

  2. 2.7 53km NE of Idaho City, Idaho 2013-05-21 01:23:52-05:00 9.0 km deep

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Montana

  1. 2.9 12km SW of Lima, Montana 2013-05-22 04:32:24-05:00 11.6 km deep

  2. 2.8 57km NNW of Hysham, Montana 2013-05-21 09:54:34-05:00 7.2 km deep

  3. 2.6 13km SW of Lima, Montana 2013-05-21 08:13:55-05:00 10.5 km deep

  4. 3.2 12km SW of Lima, Montana 2013-05-21 06:20:36-05:00 11.1 km deep

  5. 2.7 13km WSW of Lima, Montana 2013-05-21 05:01:00-05:00 10.5 km deep

  6. 3.3 13km SW of Lima, Montana 2013-05-21 03:34:18-05:00 9.7 km deep

  7. 2.6 13km WSW of Lima, Montana 2013-05-23 12:30:14-05:00 3.7 km deep

  8. 2.8 29km SSE of Seeley Lake, Montana 2013-05-17 06:44:15-05:00 11.6 km deep

  9. 2.7 34km SSW of Three Forks, Montana

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Nevada

  1. 3.3 55km E of McDermitt, Nevada 2013-05-23 15:56:31-05:00 0.0 km deep

  2. 2.7 35km NNW of West Wendover, Nevada 2013-05-20 17:50:25-05:00 0.0 km deep

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Oklahoma

  1. 2.7 18km SSE of Medford, Oklahoma 2013-05-19 08:33:06-05:00 6.8 km dee

  2. 2.9 11km ENE of Luther, Oklahoma 2013-05-19 20:46:35-05:00 4.5 km deep

  3. 2.6 6km N of Harrah, Oklahoma 2013-05-15 05:54:06-05:00 4.3 km deep

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Oregon

  1. 3.9 Off the coast of Oregon 2013-05-21 15:28:31-05:00 12.3 km deep

  2. 4.3 252km WSW of Brookings, Oregon 2013-05-20 08:12:44-05:00 10.0 km deep

  3. 4.4 234km WSW of Brookings, Oregon 2013-05-20 09:07:59-05:00 10.0 km deep

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Washington State

  1. 2.5 3km ENE of Lewisville, Washington 2013-05-25 11:40:51-05:00 1.8 km deep

  2. 2.9 8km NE of Sedro-Woolley, Washington 2013-05-25 10:22:59-05:00 8.2 km deep

  3. 2.5 11km N of Anacortes, Washington 2013-05-22 08:48:06-05:00 15.5 km deep

  4. 2.5 32km NE of Amboy, Washington 2013-05-21 03:03:05-05:00 6.0 km deep

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Wyoming

  1. 3.6 23km WNW of Afton, Wyoming 2013-05-16 00:23:52-05:00 4.8 km deep

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