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The Howe Ridge fire burning near Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. (inciweb.org photo) The Howe Ridge fire burning near Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. (inciweb.org photo)

Glacier NP wildfire holding steady, evacuations remain in place

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An evacuation order remains in place on the west side of Glacier National Park due to the 2,600 acre Howe Ridge fire.

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Property owners react to wildfire destruction at Glacier NP

The Howe Ridge fire burning in Glacier National Park (inciweb.org photo) The Howe Ridge fire burning in Glacier National Park (inciweb.org photo)
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It was a heartbreaking day as officials confirmed that some historic buildings were destroyed by the Howe Ridge fire in Glacier National Park. 

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Pearl Jam poster from Missoula show ignites online controversy

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The release of a political poster depicting a burning White House is drawing a lot of fire online and maybe seeing some fans turn their back on the legendary group. 

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Missoula classrooms becoming more interactive

MCPS trustees were updated on a plan to add up to 45 additional SMART panels for classrooms across the district.  (MTN News photo) MCPS trustees were updated on a plan to add up to 45 additional SMART panels for classrooms across the district. (MTN News photo)
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Missoula County Public Schools is beginning to purchase more interactive classroom displays. 

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Bikes on trails still off limits as Bitterroot NF reviews travel plan

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A judge has clarified a recent ruling by saying trails remain off limit to mountain bikes while the USFS reviews public comment on revising the plan.

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Man arrested after reportedly trying to steal vehicles at gunpoint in Butte

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A man was arrested early Wednesday morning after pointing a gun at people and demanding keys to their vehicles in two separate cases.

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VIDEO: Timelapse video shows Howe Ridge fire's massive growth

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A timelapse video recorded in the Glacier National Park area demonstrates the dramatic growth of the Howe Ridge fire, which is burning at 2,600 acres as of Wednesday.

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Body of hiker reported missing found in the Crazy Mountains

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Park County Sheriff’s Office, Park County Search and Rescue, Sweet Grass Sheriff’s Office and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks found the body of the 39-year-old hiker at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Evacuation warning issued for wildfire near Essex

Flathead County Sheriff Curry has issued an evacuation warning for a small number of residents near Essex. (inciweb.org photo) Flathead County Sheriff Curry has issued an evacuation warning for a small number of residents near Essex. (inciweb.org photo)
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Flathead County Sheriff Curry has issued an evacuation warning for a small number of residents near Essex.

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Williams opens discussion on Wilderness Study Areas at UM

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Williams sought to bridge the divide between different groups on WSA's by hosting a roundtable discussion at the UM Wednesday morning.

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Smithfield’s donates 35,000 pounds of food for hungry Montanans

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The semi rolled up to the dock at the Montana Food Bank Network Wednesday morning with an entire trailer of donations Smithfield Food’s “Helping Hungry Homes” campaign.

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Meadow Hill groundbreaking expected in October, new designs released

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With final designs in place, Missoula County Public Schools leaders say they're ready to break ground on reconstruction at Meadow Hill Middle School.

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Fatal crash reported in Kalispell

Nicole Miller/MTN News photo. Nicole Miller/MTN News photo.
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Our reporter says traffic is backed up for miles near the scene of a fatal crash in Kalispell at the intersection of Reserve Drive and U.S. Highway 93 North.

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MT Supreme Court rejects request to change Medicaid ballot statement

I-185 would raise tobacco taxes to fund Medicaid I-185 would raise tobacco taxes to fund Medicaid
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The Montana Supreme Court Wednesday unanimously rejected a request to change the ballot wording on an initiative that would increase state tobacco taxes and extend Montana’s expanded Medicaid coverage for poor people. 

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Weather Forecast: Hazy skies stay put

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The main impact to the northern Rockies the next several days will be smoke/haze from nearby wildfire activity across the Pacific Northwest & British Columbia. An Air Quality Alert has been issued by the Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for Flathead, Lincoln and Sanders Counties until 8am 8.16.18.

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MoviePass lights are dimming as losses and subscribers mount

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Time is running out for MoviePass and its money-burning subscription service.

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Children and adults currently reported missing in Montana

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There are dozens of people included in the Montana database at any given time.

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Wildland firefighting terms: What you need to know

The Howe Ridge fire burning in Glacier National Park (inciweb.org photo) The Howe Ridge fire burning in Glacier National Park (inciweb.org photo)
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People are seeing many references to firefighting terms such as "Type 2" teams and "ICS." But what do they mean?

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Bear breaks out of car (VIDEO)

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Deputies from the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office shot bean bags at the car to break the back window ... and out came a bear!

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Wildfire near Lincoln grows, new blaze spotted in Scapegoat Wilderness

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The Trail 467 fire which is burning near Lincoln grew by about 10 acres on Tuesday. 

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Ten Mile fire holds steady, Sterling Complex grows

The Ten Mile fire burning in the Kootenai National Forest southwest of Eureka. (inciweb.org photo) The Ten Mile fire burning in the Kootenai National Forest southwest of Eureka. (inciweb.org photo)
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Crews are continuing to battle a trio of wildfires that are burning on the Kootenai National Forest in Lincoln County.

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Wildfire near Essex now at 310 acres

The Paola Ridge fire northwest of Essex on the Flathead National Forest has grown to 310 acres. (MTN News photo) The Paola Ridge fire northwest of Essex on the Flathead National Forest has grown to 310 acres. (MTN News photo)
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The Paola Ridge fire northwest of Essex on the Flathead National Forest has grown to 310 acres.

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Morning Rounds: Health effects of anger

We answer your medical questions during Morning Rounds Wednesday mornings on Montana This Morning. We answer your medical questions during Morning Rounds Wednesday mornings on Montana This Morning.
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We answer your medical questions during Morning Rounds Wednesday mornings on Montana This Morning.

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Containment grows to 35% at 2,000 acre Garden Creek fire

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Fire managers report that the blaze has held steady at a little over 2,000 acres burned with containment growing to 35%.

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Montana chaplains share why their primary focus is helping officers

The chaplains say the job is fulfilling because they help restore law enforcement hurt by tragedies and keep them resilient. (MTN News photo) The chaplains say the job is fulfilling because they help restore law enforcement hurt by tragedies and keep them resilient. (MTN News photo)
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The chaplains say the job is fulfilling because they help restore law enforcement hurt by tragedies and keep them resilient. 

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Malmstrom hosts annual training exercise

Malmstrom Air Force Base has conducted similar exercises in different counties that host missile launch facilities since 2013. (MTN News photo) Malmstrom Air Force Base has conducted similar exercises in different counties that host missile launch facilities since 2013. (MTN News photo)
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Malmstrom Air Force Base has conducted similar exercises in different counties that host missile launch facilities since 2013.

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Northwest Montana air quality still impacted by wildfire smoke

The view over a hazy Flathead Lake on the morning of 8.15.18 (James Rafferty/MTN News photo) The view over a hazy Flathead Lake on the morning of 8.15.18 (James Rafferty/MTN News photo)
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The air quality in Libby was listed as "unhealthy" while Thompson Falls and Kalispell were ranked as "unhealthy for sensitive groups."

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Wounded grizzly bear euthanized near Shelby

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FWP officials say the bear was euthanized because it was not likely to survive the gunshot wound.

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Weather Forecast: Smoky and dry conditions continue on Wednesday

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Wednesday will be another very warm/hot day across the area under a mainly sunny sky. 

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Report details sexual abuse by more than 300 priests in PA's Catholic Church

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A new grand jury states, "Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all." 

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Glacier National Park's Howe Ridge Fire growth slows

The Howe Ridge fire burning in Glacier National Park (inciweb.org photo) The Howe Ridge fire burning in Glacier National Park (inciweb.org photo)
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Cooler weather is helping fire crews make some headway on the Howe Ridge fire which continues to burn about the north shore of Lake McDonald. 

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Montana AG s office gives OK on ballot language for cigarette-tax initiative

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Montana Attorney General Tim Fox's office sided Monday with the backers of a ballot measure raising cigarette taxes on the language of the initiative. 

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Woman charged with smoking meth in YMCA daycare appears in court

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There is some disagreement between prosecutors and defense attorneys over what seized property can be used as evidence.

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Pattee Canyon to undergo wildfire fuel reduction

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Pattee Canyon has been approved for a 1,725-acre hazardous fuel reduction by the Missoula Ranger District.

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Judge approves $20M settlement between diocese and sexual abuse victims

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A federal bankruptcy judge in Montana approved a $20 million settlement between the Diocese of Great Falls/ Billings and survivors of sexual abuse.

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RMEF purchases 120-acre plot of land for conservation efforts

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120 acres of land near Stevensville will now be open to the public and protected from future land developments.

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North Carolina woman killed in crash in Northwest Montana

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A North Carolina woman died in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon in Northwest Montana.

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MT Board of Investments offers top job to Bullock’s budget director

State Budget Director Dan Villa State Budget Director Dan Villa
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The state Board of Investments, which manages $18 billion in state assets, has offered its top administrative job to Gov. Steve Bullock’s budget director, Dan Villa. 

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Several structures lost in Glacier National Park wildfire

The Howe Ridge fire as seen in Glacier National Park on 8.12.18 (photo credit: Eric Matt) The Howe Ridge fire as seen in Glacier National Park on 8.12.18 (photo credit: Eric Matt)
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Glacier National Park officials report that several structures have been lost to the 2,500 acre Howe Ridge fire.

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Montana Green Party files suit in federal court to gain ballot access

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In an attempt to get its candidates back on the Montana ballot this fall, the Montana Green Party has sued the state in federal court, seeking to void part of Montana’s requirements for political parties to qualify for the ballot. 

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FBI said to warn of "unlimited" ATM cash-out scheme

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is alerting banks that cybercriminals are preparing a coordinated fraud scheme known as an "ATM cash-out." 

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Growth of Lincoln County wildfire slows

The Davis fire burning in the Yaak (Kootenai National Forest photo) The Davis fire burning in the Yaak (Kootenai National Forest photo)
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The Davis Fire burning north of Yaak added has added over 200 acres and ha snow burned an estimated 5,565 acres.

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'At least 35 people dead' after highway bridge collapses in Italy

Several people have died after a section of a highway bridge in northern Italy partially collapsed Tuesday. (Source: Polizia di Stato/Twitter) Several people have died after a section of a highway bridge in northern Italy partially collapsed Tuesday. (Source: Polizia di Stato/Twitter)
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At least 35 people died after a section of a highway bridge in northern Italy partially collapsed Tuesday.

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Air quality alert issued for northwest Montana

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An air quality alert has been issued for Flathead, Lincoln, and Sanders counties due to wildfire smoke.

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Crews continue to make progress fighting Garden Creek fire

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Fire managers report that the blaze has held steady at a little over 2,000 acres burned with containment growing to 25%.

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Outdoors Report: Managing Montana's fish population

Montana has 59 native fish species and many of them face hard times. Montana has 59 native fish species and many of them face hard times.
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Montana has 59 native fish species and many of them face hard times.

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Progress made on Ten Mile fire, nearby wildfires keep burning

The Ten Mile fire burning in the Kootenai National Forest southwest of Eureka. (inciweb.org photo) The Ten Mile fire burning in the Kootenai National Forest southwest of Eureka. (inciweb.org photo)
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A pre-evacuation notice remains in effect for Edna Creek Road, Lake Creek Road, Sutton Ridge Road, and Swamp Creek Road.

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Montana Made: Shepperd's Candy of Butte

Shepperd's Candy has been making life a little sweeter in the Mining City the same way since 1954. (MTN News photo) Shepperd's Candy has been making life a little sweeter in the Mining City the same way since 1954. (MTN News photo)
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Shepperd's Candy has been making life a little sweeter in the Mining City the same way since 1954.

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Sweating out Montana's summer heat? Tips to avoid dehydration

Whether you’re running around town or hitting the trails, the most important thing about running in this heat is making sure you’re hydrated. (MTN News photo) Whether you’re running around town or hitting the trails, the most important thing about running in this heat is making sure you’re hydrated. (MTN News photo)
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Whether you’re running around town or hitting the trails, the most important thing about running in this heat is making sure you’re hydrated.

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Bear safety lessons taught in Helena

The workshop included training on how to handle an encounter with a bear as well as a demonstration about the proper use of bear spray. (MTN News photo) The workshop included training on how to handle an encounter with a bear as well as a demonstration about the proper use of bear spray. (MTN News photo)
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The workshop included training on how to handle an encounter with a bear as well as a demonstration about the proper use of bear spray.

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Lightning sparked fires burning on Flathead National Forest

More resources have been ordered to fight 2 fires burning in Flathead County. (MTN News photo) More resources have been ordered to fight 2 fires burning in Flathead County. (MTN News photo)
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The Coal Ridge fire burning five miles west of Polebridge while the Paola Ridge fire is located northwest of Essex.

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Pearl Jam rocks out in Missoula

Pearl Jam performed in a sold out Washington Grizzly Stadium on 8.13.18. (MTN News photo) Pearl Jam performed in a sold out Washington Grizzly Stadium on 8.13.18. (MTN News photo)
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It was a mixture of politics and rock music as grunge band Pearl Jam played in front of a sold-out Washington Grizzly Stadium. 

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Glacier NP wildfire evacuees wait for word on their properties

e fire has burned building and forced evacuations at Glacier National Park. (photo credit: campgroundviews) e fire has burned building and forced evacuations at Glacier National Park. (photo credit: campgroundviews)
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The status of about two dozen cabins in the Kelly's Camp district still isn't known but early reports indicate the fire's path passed through the area.

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Timothy Gibson

Timothy Gibson (MT Dept. of Corrections photo) Timothy Gibson (MT Dept. of Corrections photo)
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The United States Marshals Service has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-on-the-Lookout) for Timothy Gibson.

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Crews battling multiple blazes on Northern Cheyenne reservation

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Crews are battling several wildfires on the Northern Cheyenne reservation Monday that were sparked by a lightning burst Sunday night. 

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Montana DNRC: Fire resources stretched thin across nation

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“The initial attack, we want them freed up so they can help out and be there for new fire starts and not having to respond to a human-caused fire such as a campfire,” said Crystal Beckman.

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Montana AG talks Montana drug 'crisis' in Missoula

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The Aid Montana project seeks to bring stakeholders together to take a closer look at how the state is handling this crisis and ultimately bring solutions to the 2019 legislature.

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Investigators still looking for clues in West Riverside house fire

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Fire investigators are looking for the public's help to figure out what caused a fire east of Missoula in West Riverside last week that destroyed a two-story home, a garage and a storage shed.

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Y Learning Center reopens with new security measures about meth contamination

Augusta McDonnell/MTN News photo. Augusta McDonnell/MTN News photo.
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Following several months of cleanup after a former employee was discovered using meth near kids, the YMCA Learning Center reopened Monday.

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Missoula amped-up for sold-out Pearl Jam show

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Anticipation is in the air for Pearl Jam fans as the band takes the stage at Washington Grizzly Stadium in Missoula.

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Yellowstone experiences second busiest July on record

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So far in 2018, the park has hosted 2,322,270 visits, up slightly from the same period last year. 

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Sen. Daines on board with bill to permanently re-authorize land fund

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont.
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U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Monday he’s signing onto a Democrat’s bill to permanently authorize and fully fund the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

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Structures burn in Glacier National Park wildfire

The Howe Ridge fire has burned building and forced evacuations at Glacier National Park. (photo credit: campgroundviews) The Howe Ridge fire has burned building and forced evacuations at Glacier National Park. (photo credit: campgroundviews)
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A fast-growing Glacier National Park fire that forced evacuations on Sunday has destroyed some structures, according to fire managers.

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Man killed in Lake County head-on crash

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A Ronan area man died Friday evening in a head-on collision on Kerr Dam Road near Polson. 

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Crews battle new blazes near Ten Mile fire

The Ten Mile fire burning in the Kootenai National Forest southwest of Eureka. (inciweb.org photo) The Ten Mile fire burning in the Kootenai National Forest southwest of Eureka. (inciweb.org photo)
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Lightning strikes from a brief weekend thunderstorm started five new fires that are burning northeast of the Ten Mile fire.

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Pearl Jam in Missoula: What you need to know

Washington Grizzly Stadium on the University of Montana campus in Missoula (MTN News file photo) Washington Grizzly Stadium on the University of Montana campus in Missoula (MTN News file photo)
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Here's what you need to know about getting to Monday's Pearl Jam concert in Missoula.

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The Farm | Wheat Montana | Under the Big Sky

Dean Folkvord inspects a Wheat Montana field as harvest approaches. Dean Folkvord inspects a Wheat Montana field as harvest approaches.
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In this Under the Big Sky bonus video, Dean Folkvord discusses his farm and the unique qualities that produce some of the country’s best grain. The Folkvord family has been involved in agriculture for three generations. Through hard work, determination and good fortune, Wheat Montana Farms has become the model agriculture operation of the Northern Great Plains. Dale Folkvord, Deans father purchased the first sections of Wheat Montana Farm in 1958 while working a part time ...

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Salute to Service: Improvements come to Northwest MT Fair

Visitors to the Northwest Montana Fair and Rodeo will see some new upgrades this year. (MTN News photo) Visitors to the Northwest Montana Fair and Rodeo will see some new upgrades this year. (MTN News photo)
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Visitors to the Northwest Montana Fair and Rodeo will see some new upgrades this year. 

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Pearl Jam concert prompts Missoula road work reminder

Construction changes and Monday's Pearl Jam concert in Missoula could cause traffic headaches. (MTN News photo) Construction changes and Monday's Pearl Jam concert in Missoula could cause traffic headaches. (MTN News photo)
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People from all over the state are heading to Monday's Pearl Jam concert in Missoula but road work could cause some headaches.

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"Dark Money" documentary hits screens in Montana

The film documentary “Dark Money” opened last week at theaters in Helena, Missoula and Billings. (MTN News photo) The film documentary “Dark Money” opened last week at theaters in Helena, Missoula and Billings. (MTN News photo)
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The film documentary “Dark Money” opened last week at theaters in Helena, Missoula and Billings.

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Victim of fatal crash near Lolo identified

1 person died and 2 people were hurt in the 8.11.18 crash just south of Lolo. (photo credit: Susan Andersen) 1 person died and 2 people were hurt in the 8.11.18 crash just south of Lolo. (photo credit: Susan Andersen)
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One person died and two others were hurt after a Saturday head-on crash that happened on US Highway 93 south of Lolo. 

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Wildfire warnings, evacuations and more: What you need to know

(MTN News photo)Now that Montana's wildfire season in full swing, you should know what the warnings and evacuation from local law enforcement mean. (MTN News photo)Now that Montana's wildfire season in full swing, you should know what the warnings and evacuation from local law enforcement mean.
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Now that Montana's wildfire season in full swing, you should know what the warnings and evacuation from local law enforcement mean.

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1 killed, 3 hurt in crash near Lodge Grass

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One man is dead after a crash near Lodge Grass on Friday morning. 

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Crews battling wildfires near Helena, Lincoln

The Shellrock Fire as seen from Helena Sunday evening. (MTN News photo) The Shellrock Fire as seen from Helena Sunday evening. (MTN News photo)
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The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation reports a fire burning in central Montana grew Sunday.

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1 killed, 2 missing after boating accident on Bighorn Lake

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A Billings woman was killed and two men remain missing in Bighorn Lake following a boating accident.

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Kalispell area road work starting up

MTN News file photo. MTN News file photo.
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Two road projects that are beginning Monday in the Kalispell area are expected to cause some traffic delays.

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Containment grows at 2,000 acre Garden Creek fire

The Garden Creek fire outside of Hot Springs (Confederated Salish& Kootenai Division of Fire photo) The Garden Creek fire outside of Hot Springs (Confederated Salish& Kootenai Division of Fire photo)
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The Garden Creek Fire that's burning near the town of Hot Springs is holding a little over 2,000 acres with containment growing to 20%.

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Pearl Jam bassist Ament joins Sen. Tester for Missoula rally

Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament (R) joined fellow Big Sandy native Sen. Jon Tester for a campaign event in Missoula. (MTN News photo) Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament (R) joined fellow Big Sandy native Sen. Jon Tester for a campaign event in Missoula. (MTN News photo)
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Sen. Tester brought out the big guns from his hometown to help him out on the campaign trail in Missoula.

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Mount Sentinel closed due to extreme fire danger

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Public lands on Mount Sentinel will be closed from 8 a.m. Monday, August 13th until 8 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14th. 

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Glacier NP fire grows, evacuations remain in place

The Howe Ridge Fire on 8.12.18. (photo credit: Zed Lako?) The Howe Ridge Fire on 8.12.18. (photo credit: Zed Lako?)
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The evacuation order for the Howe Ridge fire includes the Lake McDonald .lodge area, the Avalanche Campground and about 55 private residences.

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Search for missing Western MT woman continues

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It has been approximately seven weeks since 23-year-old Jermaine Charlo went missing. 

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Red Cross opens Eureka shelter for wildfire evacuees

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The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Eureka Church of God on 2nd Avenue East in response to wildfires burning in Lincoln County. 

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Lightning sparks several small fires in the Bitterroot

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The blazes are located on the Darby/Sula Ranger District and are burning in the Sapphire Mountains outside of Connor. 

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Wildfire sparks near Marion

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The Bear Springs Fire has burned an estimated at 18-acres southwest of Little Bitterroot Lake in Marion.

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Northwest Montana wildfire explodes to 5,200 acres

The Davis fire burning in the Yaak (Kootenai National Forest photo) The Davis fire burning in the Yaak (Kootenai National Forest photo)
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The Davis fire burning northwest of Yakk grew from 1,700 acres to about 5,200 acres on Saturday as winds pushed the blaze.

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Wildfire prompts pre-evacuation notices in Lincoln County

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The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has issued pre-evaucation notices near the Ten Mile fire.

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Lightning sparks Glacier National Park wildfires

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A Saturday night lightning storm has sparked several small wildfires in Glacier National Park 

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Lightning activity sparks several new fires in Lincoln County

(photo credit: Kootenai National Forest) (photo credit: Kootenai National Forest)
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Lightning activity sparked several new fires near the Kootenai National Forest on Saturday.

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Weeksville fire holds steady near Plains

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The wildfire started west of Weeksville Creek and north of Highway 200 on Friday.

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Search underway for teen who left foster family in Yellowstone NP

Lachaela "Shay" Putnick (photo credit: Kanawha County Sheriff's Office) Lachaela "Shay" Putnick (photo credit: Kanawha County Sheriff's Office)
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A West Virginia girl is missing, after running away from a her foster family in Yellowstone National Park.

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Safety a top priority at the Western Montana Fair

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We stopped by the Western Montana Fair to learn more about what security resources are available to help.

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One dead, others injured in crash south of Lolo

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One person is dead and others seriously injured after a Saturday afternoon fatal crash on Highway 93 south of Lolo. 

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Fire destroys West Riverside home

A home in West Riverside caught fire on Friday afternoon. (Lauren Heiser/MTN News photo) A home in West Riverside caught fire on Friday afternoon. (Lauren Heiser/MTN News photo)
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A home in West Riverside is a total loss after catching fire on Friday afternoon.

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Anniversary of Sprague fire prompts fire danger reminder

The Sprague fire sparked to life in Glacier National Park on 8.10.17. (MTN News file photo) The Sprague fire sparked to life in Glacier National Park on 8.10.17. (MTN News file photo)
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The Sprague Fire eventually grew to nearly 17,000 and almost destroyed the historic Sperry Chalet. 

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