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Information on Wyoming wildfires composed by Yellowstone Public Radio.

Active Wyoming wildfires: InciWeb Wyoming
-Wyoming wildfires restrictions

Information on Montana wildfires composed by Montana Public Radio
Active Montana Wildfires: InciWeb Montana 
-Montana wildfire restrictions

-Active Wildfires Across Our Region: National Wildfire Map
-Air Quality Update for Montana: Department of Environmental Quality

Nate Hegyi

Brie Ripley interviews YPR reporter Nate Hegyi who is onsite at the Lodgepole Complex fire, the largest wildfire in the country at 353 sq. miles.

Greater Eagle Fire Department

The largest wildfire in the nation burns right now in Montana, and it's the size of New York City. The 353 square mile Lodgepole Complex fire is burning in Garfield and Petroleum counties of eastern Montana.

Updated 4:10 pm

In Lolo tonight, there’s a public meeting at Lolo Elementary at 7 p.m. about the Lolo Peak fire. Another meeting on the fire is scheduled for the same time Tuesday at Stevensville High School.

Wyoming Wildfire Roundup For July 24, 2017

Jul 24, 2017
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The 1,938 acre June Fire 34-miles west of Cody that began Jul. 18 is at 28% containment. The cause of the fire remains unknown as 275 personnel fight the fire, supported by four helicopters. Fire personnel dropped over 94,000 gallons of water on the northeastern section and delivered over 14,000 pounds of cargo yesterday.

Today fire managers in Lewis and Clark County said firefighters and a helicopter responded to a new fire ten miles northeast of Lincoln in the Alice Creek drainage. It is estimated at 15 acres in size, with zero percent containment.

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park has lifted boating restrictions on Yellowstone Lake after a large portion of the lake was closed to accommodate airplanes scooping up water to fight a wildfire.

The federal government has activated a large military airtanker to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in the West. Ken Palmrose is a public information officer with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

"Right now it’s going to be stationed at Fresno, California and it will probably be working there in California starting tomorrow," says Ken Palmrose, a public information officer with the Fire Center.

There are now more large wildfires burning in Montana than any other state. At least 18 large fires are consuming both forests and grasslands in eastern and western Montana.

That’s according to the National Interagency Fire Center, which says, “critical fire weather conditions are expected across the northwestern U.S."

National Weather Service

Because hot, dry, and windy weather makes conditions ripe for new wildfire starts or extreme and erratic fire behavior,  the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for areas of Montana until 9 p.m. Friday.

Numerous local, state, and federal government agencies also have restrictions on open flames because of the tinder dry conditions.

Wyoming Wildfire Roundup For July 20, 2017

Jul 20, 2017
U.S. Forest Service / Shoshone National Forest

A new fire in Cody, Wyo. called the June Fire was reported on Tuesday in the June Creek drainage area approximately 1.5 miles south of U.S. Highway 14/16/20, also known as the North Fork Highway.

The Elk Fork Trail is closed as a safety precaution. Visitors on the North Fork Highway are reminded by fire managers, “to be vigilant of increasing numbers of firefighting personnel and equipment.”

Fire information bulletins will be located at key locations in the North Fork corridor.