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I met my beautiful wife Ruth in college and we were married in my junior year. It's been over ten years now, and in the interim we've had three lovely children: my daughter Naomi (6), and my two sons Elijah (3) and Isaiah (newborn). In my 32 years of living I've been attacked by a grizzly bear, worked as a teacher in Japan, managed a retail store, and somehow convinced the powers-that-be that I should be on the radio. I've been working with Peter for two years now and have been loving every minute of it.
Photo courtesy of USDAgov/Flickr
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Gold Pan Fire Crosses Into Montana

The Gold Pan fire has grown to be one of the nation's largest fires and has recently spread across the state line from Idaho. Incident Management Team Spokeswoman Doloara Gogger said that the recent winds that spread the Lolo Creek Complex fire also hit the Gold Pan, but the impact was less severe

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Homes Burn, Hundreds Evacuated as Lolo Complex Fire Destroys 5,000 Acres

The Lolo Complex Fire was originally two low-priority fires that did not threaten structures. However, in the past 40 hours, hot weather and winds have fanned the fires into an official state of emergency. Now, the West Fork II fire and the original School House Fire are considered one giant threat as they burn on both sides of Highway 12.

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Highway 12 Closed – Homes Evacuated Due to Rapid Growth of Schoolhouse and West Fork 2 Fires [AUDIO]

UPDATE 4:15 p.m. Monday, August 19

Mandatory evacuations are in effect in the Bear Creek area as two fires, the School House and the West Fork 2, are combining to burn hundreds of acres and send smoke billowing up over Blue Mountain raining ash on homes in Lolo and into Missoula.

Missoula County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer paige Pavalone said at about 4 p.m. Monday, that deputies were contacting residents in the path of the fires to leave their homes immediately.

"We're asking people if they're asked by a deputy to evacuate, to leave their homes right away, recover their animals and leave as quickly as possible," Pavalone said.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office Facebook page has a minute-by-minute update of areas that are under evacuation. Just moments ago, the notice was posted that Bear Creek, Elk Meadows, Lolo Creek Campground, Sleeman Creek and Thayer Road have been advised to evacuate, and that the Lolo Elementary School has been opened as a place for evacuees to gather.

There will be a special meeting for residents in the area at the Travelers' Rest State Park at 6 p.m. Monday.
Paige Pavalone

The smoke billowing above Missoula on Monday, August 19 comes mostly from the Schoolhouse Fire, currently burning about nine miles west of Lolo.

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