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Stories of the decade 2001: The year Moose Fire roared for 71,000 acres

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Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2009 2:00 am | Updated: 10:23 am, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

The Moose Fire was one of about a dozen lightning-triggered fires that cropped up on the Whitefish Divide on Aug. 14, 2001. While the others were extinguished, the Moose Fire was unstoppable despite a $20 million firefighting effort.

There were several runaway days in which the fire put off eye-grabbing mushroom clouds. Ultimately, rain and cold weather put an end to the fire in September, but not before it had burned 71,000 acres, crossing the North Fork Road and the North Fork Flathead River on a fiery run into Glacier National Park.

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