• Sheep Fire, Flathead National Forest Approximate Size: 2,171 acres Structures Lost: None
• Fire Update: The Sheep Fire is on the Flathead National Forest and burning in very steep terrain with limited access. The fire is about 1 mile south of Essex and about 1/8 mile from the train tracks between Tank Creek and McDonald Creek.
• Structural protection measures have been removed. Crews will continue to monitor fire.
• US Route 2 open; Amtrak "Empire Builder" on schedule.
• The forecast calls for a 100% chance of a wetting rain for the fire. Precipitation for this disturbance will be between 1/2 to one inch.
• Alaska: 145 active fires
• British Columbia: 83
• Alberta: 30 fires burning, all under control.
• Saskatchewan: 11
• Washington: 29
• Idaho: 39
• Montana: 31
• California: 34
The Face of Firefighting
When the media "reports" on forest fires, they superficiality loop (repeat) dramatic shots of airborne water drops, and night shots of violent fires.
That is not the accurate take away picture you should be recording.
Forest fires are fought by human beings; men and women, who have have a deep seated desire to protect our most vulnerable resource. They come from all ages; ethnic, geopolitical.
And even though British Columbia has its share of wildland fires, the Province felt an obligation to assist the massive fires in Washington.
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