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Why I Burned My Own Property and How I Photographed It

Source: Petapixel by Joel Wolfson I was committed to burning my property. I know this sounds a bit crazy but we’re talking about a prescribed burn. My wife researched programs in our area for homeowners to reduce fire hazard. In our area the firefighters are cross-trained for both wildland and structure fires so they are perfectly […]

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Smoke Pollution

Source: The Forest Blog by Russ Vaagen In Northeast Washington on August 1st, 2017 we woke up to smoke from wildfires.  It wasn’t as thick here as it was in other areas, but it was bad at varying levels throughout the month.  Now that September has started it feels like August was clear.  The smoke […]

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After The Fire is Out

Source: Communities for Healthy Forests What happens after the fire is out? Are burn scars rehabilitated and replanted? The answer may surprise you. Find out more in the video and join the collective voice for education and forest restoration at: facebook.com/communitiesforhealthyforests

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Study: Wildfires emit 3 times the fine particulate previously thought

Source: Treesource by Georgia Institute of Technology Naturally burning timber and brush launch what is called fine particulate into the air at a rate three times as high as levels noted in emissions inventories at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study. The microscopic specks that form aerosols are a hazard to human health, […]

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2017 Montana Fires

Been a rough Summer in Montana. Forest Fires have ravaged our backyards since July. Not many people in the U.S. know since it hasn’t received much coverage in the news. If the U.S. Forest Service doesn’t start managing their forests, this will become the new norm. This video sums up our Summer.

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We’ve seen the future, and it smells like smoke

Source: Treesource by Paul Barnum/Oregon Forest Resources Institute I don’t know about you, but the August incursion of smoke from wildfires burning in British Columbia gave me a sore throat and a headache. I felt bad for children, the elderly and people with breathing issues. Now come new studies saying things will probably get worse. Researchers at […]

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When will environmental litigants be held accountable?

Source: Healthy Forests.org Note: This column by Ed Regan originally appeared in the Independent-Record. Recent wildfires on the Lewis and Clark National Forests are illustrating the consequences of the “Cottonwood” case that is halting forest health projects throughout Montana. Once again the case comes at the expense of our forests, wildlife and communities. Both the Park […]

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Environmental Groups Sue Over Flathead Forest Project

Source: Montana Public Radio Environmental conservation groups are suing to block a plan to log, thin, and prescription-burn about 2,900 acres in the Flathead National Forest. The groups say it violates federal laws. The Beaver Creek Project borders Lindbergh Lake and the Mission Mountain Wilderness. Rich Kehr, the Flathead Forest’s Swan Lake District Ranger, says the […]

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Letter from local evacuee in Seeley Lake, MT

My heart is broken for Montana. I am currently evacuated from my home town of Seeley Lake. Even without the threat of fire burning my home, I wake up daily to smoke so thick it chokes. Hazardous levels for health start at 150 ppm. We have daily awoken to numbers never before charted. 850, 950,1100. […]

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Rice Ridge fire balloons to over 100,000 acres and growing

Source: Missoulian by KIM BRIGGEMAN kbriggeman@missoulian.com OVANDO — North into the Bob Marshall Wilderness, south toward Kozy Korner, but mostly east, the Rice Ridge fire is out of control. The fire that started six weeks ago six miles north of Seeley Lake is now a solid scar of char for 25 miles. Maybe farther. It jumped […]

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