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New fire restrictions

The City of Missoula has put Stage II fire restrictions into effect beginning at midnight tonight.

The limitations are designed to prevent the sparking of new wildfires as the region continues to experience very dry, hot conditions with low relative humidity.

fire-restrictionsThe decision follows Missoula County Fire Protection Association’s motion to increase the county’s fire danger index to “extreme” on Monday.

State II restrictions affect users of any city open space and conservation lands, including Mount Jumbo, Mount Sentinel (including the Cox Property), the North Hills, the Kim Williams Trail, Greenough Park and the Tower Street conservation area.

The restrictions prohibit campfires and limit smoking in these areas except within an enclosed vehicle or building or while stopped in an area that is clear of flammable materials in a three-foot radius.

The restrictions also prohibit the following activities between 1 pm and 6 am:

• operating motorized vehicles off designated road and trails;

• operating any internal combustion engine;

• operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame, including any welding; and

• using any sorts of explosives.

Click HERE for maps of the areas impacted by these restrictions.

Also, please continue to monitor InciWeb for live updates on area wildfires, and for air quality information keep checking the county’s air quality website.

Make no mistake, fire season has officially arrived in Missoula County.

Several fires are currently burning south of town in Lolo National Forest, the Sapphire Complex and Goat Creek fires being the largest.

WestMtFires_7-25-2017-900x761And with the Sunrise fire growing near Tarko in neighboring Mineral County, the valley is filling up with smoke earlier – and thicker – each day.

We’re thankful, first, for the firefighters who work tirelessly in the heat and sun to keep us as well as our homes, businesses, land and livestock safe.

But the invisible heroes are those working to keep us safe from behind the scenes – those scientists, fire experts, incident commanders and government agencies who monitor the fires from afar and make critical – sometimes life-or-death – decisions about where to send our resources, human and otherwise.

It wasn’t too long ago we had to hear second-hand from the media what fires were burning where, and that often meant critical delays and distorted information that caused confusion at best and panic at worst.

But now, love it or hate it, information technology has made it much easier for us to stay on top of what’s going on without relying on those gatekeepers.

Without further ado, here’s a few great links that can help you follow the fires that are impacting you:

First, there’s InciWeb, an intergency all-risk incident management system designed both to provide the public with a single source of incident related info as well as a standardized reporting tool for the media.

sdfsdIf you follow this link, you can review a live roster of all the ongoing incidents across the country. By clicking on the column headers, you can sort the information to meet your specific inquiry. For example, click the “State” header and it arranges the incidents alphabetically by state.

You can also click on the specific incident you want to review and get a very detailed report on its current situation, outlook, weather concerns and planned actions.

This is also where you can monitor closures, evacuations, public meetings, etc.

-Second, there’s the local air quality website managed by Missoula County.

Here’s where you’ll find details about the smoke and how the fires are impacting air quality in the county, as well as what precautions you should take to avoid health problems due to the smoke.

From this page, you can follow a link to a pretty simple graphic that explains what comprises the different levels of air quality – from good to hazardous – and how you should adjust your activity accordingly.

There’s a lot of other neat links and resources available there for those who want to learn more about air quality in Missoula.

Say what you will about the positives and negatives of all the recent advances in information technology, but when it’s used to keep us and our families informed and safe, we’d say that’s a pretty neat evolution.

Where there’s smoke …
Hit Jack, win concert tix and stuff!

Jack wants to send you to the biggest, baddest concert of the season – two rockin’ women sharing one big stage at a brand new venue along the beautiful Blackfoot River!

Logjam Presents and 105.9 Jack FM present Melissa Etheridge & Pat Benetar with Neil Giraldo, LIVE on Thursday, August 12th at the Kettlehouse Amphitheater!

Jack’s got big prize package to giveaway – including a pair of tickets to the show – but to win them you’ve gotta hit him with your best shot.

What does he mean by that? He means send him a picture that depicts what you love about Missoula, and if yours is his favorite you’ll get the tickets PLUS a $50 gift certificate to Frame of Mind!

And to top it all off, he’ll take your “shot” over to the gallery and framing shop himself and hook you up with a frame and matte for free!

Submit your picture via our online form HERE.

For more concert information and a link to purchase tickets directly, visit the events page at

Be sure to stay tuned to 105.9 Jack FM Missoula for more chances to win!


Montana’s favorite rockfest is back for another three-day weekend of good music and rowdy fun, and this year Jack wants to send you to the show!

Check out the line-up for Rockin’ the Rivers 2017: Slaughter, Blue Oyster Cult, Saliva, Enuff Z’Nuff, Saving Abel, Lit and almost two dozen more … Plus, camping, food and drink vendors and plenty of sunshine in beautiful Three Forks – a music lover’s dream come true!

This year’s festival runs Friday, August 11, through Sunday, August 13th, with a special pre-party on Thursday night.

We’ve got two VIP packages to give away – both which include camping. If you want ’em, all you gotta do is fill out this form with your name, phone and email address.

We’ll collect entries all month long and then choose two winners on Monday, July 31st.

Best of luck to ya, and whether you win or not – make sure you keep it rockin’ this summer!

Rock the rivers on Jack!
See Donny & Marie LIVE!

You probably could have guessed by now that Jack was an only child.

So he holds a special reservoir of feels right next to his heart for those who do get to experience brotherly – or sisterly – love.

That’s why Jack’s giving away his tickets to see Donny and Marie perform LIVE at Northern Quest Resort & Casino on Sunday, July 16: Whether they’re tears of joy or tears of shame, he just can’t risk a public breakdown.

Instead, Jack’s gonna let one of his loyal listeners win the tickets. Not only that, the lucky Jackhead will also earn a free night’s stay at the resort.

How do you win? Just follow THIS LINK and fill out the form. That’s it!

We’ll announce a winner the week of July 10. In the meantime, here’s more details on the show – as well as a link to purchase tickets.

Best of luck, and happy July!