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Highlights from the August 27, 2015 issue
The Morrell Complex is still going with the Type II Incident Management Team in place. An Area Closure is in place for public and firefighter safety and the public is asked to avoid the fire area and adjacent roads (Area Closure Information Map).
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The western flank of the north fire on the Morrell Complex. The fire lines seen in the middle of the photo were put in by heavy equipment. Firefighters continue to monitor the lines to ensure the fire does not crosses them.
- MDT Section Chief Killed in Industrial Accident
GREENOUGH - Thursday afternoon, Aug. 20 45-year-old Jason Rolls, temporary resident of Seeley Lake, was killed in an industrial accident at the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) gravel pit near Clearwater Junction. Rolls was setting up a pug mill, a conveyor machine to mix sand and salt, with two other co-workers when he was run over by the conveyor.
- Additional Resources Asset to Morrell Complex - More Resources on Order
SEELEY LAKE - The Morrell Complex, comprised of two fires burning on top of Richmond Ridge, continued to burn through the week. As of Tuesday, the complex is estimated at 527 acres and is 60 percent contained.
- Please Pause for Pets and People, Elinor Williamson
– Letters to the Editor: Stepping Down from 2VS
– Swan Songs - Dean Bennett & Jorge Bernardo Ortiz Morales
- Fire Team Uses SLE as Headquarters
SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) has been renamed. It has temporarily become Morrell Complex Incident Command Post (ICP) and Food Catering Service.
- Stage II Fire Restrictions Implemented for Northwestern Montana
The portions of the Missoula and Ninemile Ranger District (RD) within Mineral County as well as the entire Superior RD and Plains-Thompson Falls ranger districts of the Lolo National Forest joined the Flathead National Forest, Kootenai National Forest and Lake (outside of Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe), Lincoln, and Sanders counties in Stage II Fire Restrictions this past week. As of Tuesday, this does not include Missoula County or the Seeley Lake area. Restrictions are due to continued dry conditions and potential for rapid and dangerous fire growth.
- Seeley Lake Sewer District - Levy Passed, Surveyors to Begin in Phase I
The Seeley Lake Sewer District (SLSD) board adopted its annual levy to collect money for its administrative costs and gave instruction to Great West Engineering (GW) on how to set up appointments with Phase I landowners at its Aug. 20 meeting and assessment hearing.
- Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project: A Local Collaboration
Collaboration is a word frequently heard in natural resource management circles today. It refers to having a group of individuals representing a range of views working together to craft mutually agreeable solutions to complex issues. Collaborations help expand the knowledge of those participating by encouraging discussions about the breadth of viewpoints and considerations involved. To be successful, it requires participants who are solution-oriented and willing to consider more than one perspective on an issue and who are willing to work respectfully with others who have differing viewpoints.
- Guest Column - Forest Reform Needed to Protect Montana Communities
Montana’s National Forests and public lands have been a treasured part of our state’s heritage for generations.
- New At School - The Blackfoot Valley Prepares for Students’ Return
School is just around the corner for Potomac, Ovando and Sunset Schools. Aug. 31 starts off the 2015-2016 school year for the three elementary schools in the Blackfoot Valley.
- Frustrations Flare over Council’s Organization of Highway 83 Safety Discussions
SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Council (SLCC) was unable to have their July meeting due to no quorum. However, council members in attendance took the time to accept public comment on their proposal for safety improvements on Highway 83.
- Local Shooters Start Season with Team Titles
The Hellgate Civilian Shooters returned to competition for the Montana Outdoor Smallbore State Championship held Aug. 16 at the Hellgate Civilian Shooter Range in Bonner, Mont. Local shooters including Chris Lorentz, Trace Weisenburger, Ibby Lorentz and Sam Weisenburger took team championship titles.
- New Potomac School Principal Feels Right at Home
POTOMAC - Potomac School’s new principal Angie Williams is feeling right at home in the Potomac Valley surrounded by hayfields and community. She is originally from the Swan Valley and grew up 15 miles north of Condon. Williams said big gardens, cows and horses have always been a part of her life and she hopes to regain that here in Potomac.
- Cut Unnecessary Obstacles to Firefighting Efforts, National Guard Mobilized