Summertime in Montana often means fire season, and this year is poised for a fair amount of blazes across the landscape.
To mark the occasion, the Beacon is looking at the history of a major historic fire, the 1929 Half Moon blaze, the lessons one of the nation’s first hotshots learned from a lifetime on the fireline and the nation’s perennial challenge of funding wildfire suppression.
Remember to stay safe this summer and do your part in preventing wildfires.
Fifty years ago, as the West erupted with wildfires, Rick Trembath joined the upstart Flathead hotshot crew and began a life on the fireline
By Dillon Tabish
BIGFORK — Before humping it up forested mountains and swinging a Pulaski, before their baptism by fire, just about every wildland firefighter embarks from a simple beginning like the spark of a flame.
It also starts with a pair of hardy, hard-bottom leather boots. »»» READ MORE
In 1929, the Half Moon Fire scorched more than 100,000 acres in the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park
By Justin Franz
It all began with an unremarkable little spark.
It ended with a wall a fire roaring across three mountain ranges and a river in just two days, leaving more than 100,000 acres of destruction in its wake. »»» READ MORE
The rising costs of fire operations are consuming vast chunks of the Forest Service’s budget
By Tristan Scott
A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt established the U.S. Forest Service to manage 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands, a mission that today is being consumed by the ever-increasing costs of fighting fires. »»» READ MORE
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