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A Blackhawk helicopter has arrived in Kalispell to help fight area wildfires. (MTN News photo) A Blackhawk helicopter has arrived in Kalispell to help fight area wildfires. (MTN News photo)

New fire attack resources arrive in Kalispell

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A Blackhawk helicopter that flew into Kalispell on Wednesday will play a vital role in keeping our community safe. 

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Western Montana firefighting costs soar past $100M

During fire season in Montana, water and retardant drops become a critical part of fire operations. (MTN News photo) During fire season in Montana, water and retardant drops become a critical part of fire operations. (MTN News photo)
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As Dennis Bragg reports, with no end to the hot, dry weather in sight, those bills will continue to soar in the weeks to come.

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Northwest Montana Fair kicks off in Kalispell

The Northwest Montana Fair is underway in Kalispell. (MTN News photo) The Northwest Montana Fair is underway in Kalispell. (MTN News photo)
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The Northwest Montana Fair and Rodeo features carnival rides, rodeo action. And of course fried fair food! 

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Whitefish vigil remembers woman killed at white supremacist rally

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The Montana event aimed to encourage equality and safety across the nation.

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Weather Forecast: Dry, warm and breezy

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Good Thursday Everyone!  The weather continues to offer no relief for any of the wild fires we have burning.  In fact, conditions look to get worse for the rest of the week and into the weekend...  

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Lolo Peak fire explodes to over 15,000 acres, evacuations expanded

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Fueled by a wind driven run that lasted into the overnight hours the Lolo Peak fire has now burned over 15,000 acres.

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Kalispell PD investigating burglary reports

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Authorities have received numerous complaints of burglaries targeting churches and businesses in the Kalispell area over the last couple of days.

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Blue Bay fire near Polson grows to 300 acres

The Blue Bay fire is burning east of Polson along Highway 35. (photo credit: Robert Kohler) The Blue Bay fire is burning east of Polson along Highway 35. (photo credit: Robert Kohler)
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There are over 50 firefighters assigned to fight the fire which is not threatening any structures at this time.

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Wildfires near Lincoln expected to merge

Arrastra Creek Fire near Lincoln (photo from Inciweb) Arrastra Creek Fire near Lincoln (photo from Inciweb)
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Two fires burning north of Lincoln saw significant growth over the last 24 hours. 

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Felony charges for man shot by Powell County sheriff's deputy

Mark William Collins, 61 Mark William Collins, 61
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Mark William Collins, 61, is charged with attempted deliberate homicide, two counts of attempted assault with a weapon and criminal endangerment.

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Man admits to murdering Glasgow woman

Jay Witkowski is charged with the murder of Evelynn Garcia. Jay Witkowski is charged with the murder of Evelynn Garcia.
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A Billings area man could be facing 80 years in prison after admitting to the murder of a Glasgow woman. 

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Lolo Peak fire mid-morning update (VIDEO)

The Lolo Peak fire on the night of 8.16.17 (MTN News photo) The Lolo Peak fire on the night of 8.16.17 (MTN News photo)
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Reporter Augusta McDonnell was at the FireWise trailer in Lolo and talked with fire officials about what to expect next.

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Sunrise fire at 22,300 acres

The Sunrise fire has forced evacuations in Mineral County. (inciweb.org photo) The Sunrise fire has forced evacuations in Mineral County. (inciweb.org photo)
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The Sunrise fire burning 11 miles southeast of Superior is now sitting at over 22,300 acres and remains 30% contained. 

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Tamarack fire still holding steady in Northwest Montana

The Tamarack fire is burning between Kalispell and Libby. (courtesy photo) The Tamarack fire is burning between Kalispell and Libby. (courtesy photo)
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The 340 acre blaze burning in remote terrain between Kalispell and Libby was started by lightning.

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Sapphire Complex fire holding steady

Evacuation and pre-evacuation notices remain in effect near the Sapphire Complex fire. (inciweb.org photo) Evacuation and pre-evacuation notices remain in effect near the Sapphire Complex fire. (inciweb.org photo)
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The Sapphire Complex fire has grown to 33,450 acres prompting new evacuation orders.

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Rice Ridge fire at 12,200 acres, public meeting set

The Rice Ridge fire is burning just northeast of Seeley Lake. (inciweb.org photo) The Rice Ridge fire is burning just northeast of Seeley Lake. (inciweb.org photo)
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The Rice Ridge fire north of the town of Seeley Lake has grown to 12,244 acres and is 10% contained.

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Hundreds of homes evacuated near Lolo Peak fire

The Lolo Peak Fire is now visible from Highway 93 south of Lolo The Lolo Peak Fire is now visible from Highway 93 south of Lolo
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New mandatory evacuation orders are in place for Lolo residents along Highway 12 and Highway 93 due to the Lolo Peak fire.

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Clouds of crimson smoke rise as Lolo Peak Fire escalates

The Lolo Peak Fire is now visible from Highway 93 south of Lolo. (MTN News photo) The Lolo Peak Fire is now visible from Highway 93 south of Lolo. (MTN News photo)

As many as 400 homes are impacted as the flames flared up, leaping hundreds of feet in the air.

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Helena city manager directed to begin removal of Confederate memorial

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Members of the American Indian Caucus have renewed calls for the removal of a Confederate memorial in Helena.

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Construction on Polson affordable housing complex ahead of schedule

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The "Polson Landing Apartments" will add 35 new affordable homes that will rent between $350 to $770 per month to people earning between $9,800 and $36,000 each year. 

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2 men who escaped Butte pre-release center arrested after crashing van into building in Billings

The van was towed away (Ivy Moore photo) The van was towed away (Ivy Moore photo)
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According to Billings Police, the two men stole a van in Billings after ditching a truck they allegedly stole in Big Timber.

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Butte prepares to face EPA budget cuts

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Montana environmental groups are worried federal budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency could run as deep as the Berkeley Pit.

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Montana flag presented to U.S. Navy for namesake submarine

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The U.S.S. Montana will be a Virginia-class submarine and is slated to finish construction in 2020.

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Tamarack fire holding steady in Northwest Montana

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The 334 acre blaze burning in remote terrain between Kalispell and Libby was started by lightning.

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Liberty fire burning 5,400 acres

The Liberty fire is still burning between Arlee and Seeley Lake. (photo credit: Kari Greer) The Liberty fire is still burning between Arlee and Seeley Lake. (photo credit: Kari Greer)
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The 5,400 acre blaze is burning in the Jocko Lakes area between Arlee and Seeley Lake.

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Blue Bay fire near Polson shows little growth

The Blue Bay fire is burning east of Polson along Highway 35. (photo credit: Robert Kohler) The Blue Bay fire is burning east of Polson along Highway 35. (photo credit: Robert Kohler)
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There are over 50 firefighters assigned to fight the fire which is not threatening any structures at this time.

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Sunrise fire nears 21,500 acres

The Sunrise fire has forced evacuations in Mineral County. (inciweb.org photo) The Sunrise fire has forced evacuations in Mineral County. (inciweb.org photo)
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The Sunrise fire burning 11 miles southeast of Superior is now sitting at nearly 21,500 acres and remains 30% contained. 

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Sapphire Complex fire holding steady

Evacuation and pre-evacuation notices remain in effect near the Sapphire Complex fire. (inciweb.org photo) Evacuation and pre-evacuation notices remain in effect near the Sapphire Complex fire. (inciweb.org photo)
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The Sapphire Complex fire approximately 25 miles south-southeast of Missoula is burning 30,400 acres.

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Gibralter Ridge fire tops 2,000 acres, public meeting set

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The Gibralter Ridge fire seven miles east of Eureka has burned over 2,000 acres and is 12% contained. 

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Rice Ridge fire tops 12,000 acres, public meeting set

The Rice Ridge fire is burning just northeast of Seeley Lake. (inciweb.org photo) The Rice Ridge fire is burning just northeast of Seeley Lake. (inciweb.org photo)
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The Rice Ridge fire north of the town of Seeley Lake is sitting at nearly 12,100 acres and is 10% contained.

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Lolo Peak fire tops 11,200 acres

The Lolo Peak fire as seen from Highway 93 in Lolo on 8.15.17. (MTN News/Mark Thorsell photo) The Lolo Peak fire as seen from Highway 93 in Lolo on 8.15.17. (MTN News/Mark Thorsell photo)
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The Lolo Peak fire has grown to near 11,300 acres, but some residents have been allowed to return to their homes.

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Some residents near Meyers Fire can return home

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The evacuation level for the Moose Lake area has been downgraded meaning that residents will be free to return to their homes.

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Libby man found guilty of killing ex-girlfriend

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A Libby man has been found guilty of deliberate homicide and tampering with evidence in the death of a Lincoln County woman.

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Fire restrictions reminder issued in the Flathead

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Emergency managers say some people across Northwest Montana are making some very dangerous decisions this summer.

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Residents praise correctional re-entry program, as Gov. Bullock pays a visit

Kayte Mutrie discusses her experience at Riverside Recovery Kayte Mutrie discusses her experience at Riverside Recovery
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Gov. Steve Bullock visited the Riverside Correctional Facility – and heard nothing but praise from women in its re-entry program. 

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Chick N' Chaps rodeo clinic coming to Northwest Montana Fair

The upcoming Chick N' Chaps rodeo clinic will be held at the Northwest Montana Fair and Rodeo. (MTN News photo) The upcoming Chick N' Chaps rodeo clinic will be held at the Northwest Montana Fair and Rodeo. (MTN News photo)
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The money raised benefits breast cancer patient survivors and The Valicity Princess Ball, which supports family and kids battling cancer. 

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White rights activist Richard Spencer denied at University of Florida

Richard Spencer (Cropped Photo: Skyb0x / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0) Richard Spencer (Cropped Photo: Skyb0x / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)
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White rights activist Richard Spencer -- a part time Whitefish resident -- is running out of campuses to host him. 

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Groups concerned about federal budget cuts’ effects on Montana

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Organizations from around Montana are raising concerns about how the Trump administration’s budget proposal could affect the state.

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As many as 40 UM lecturers may not be rehired in 2018

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As adjuncts, none of the roughly 40 lecturers were eligible for tenure at the University of Montana.

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Kalispell Chamber of Commerce picks up national honors

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The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce has returned from a national convention.celebrating multiple achievements.

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No adult invasive mussels found in Tiber Reservoir

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The five divers involved in the search efforts were from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Pam Bucy leaving state Labor commissioner post

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Bucy is stepping down next month to join a private law firm in Helena, Gov. Bullock announced Tuesday. 

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Wildland officials finding illegal camp fires despite fire restrictions

(Dennis Bragg Photo) (Dennis Bragg Photo)
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Interagency wildland fire officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association are reminding folks that western Montana Stage II fire restrictions remain necessary.

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Two juveniles charged with starting grass fire north of Three Forks

Photo from MT DNRC. Photo from MT DNRC.
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Two juveniles suspected of starting a fast-moving grass fire near the Clarkston area have been charged, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

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Trump on Charlottesville: "I think there’s blame on both sides"

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President Trump's planned statements on infrastructure derailed into explosive comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Montana Rail Link: Coal spill near Noxon could take weeks to clean

Nate Haflich photo. Nate Haflich photo.
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Montana Rail Link says it could take several weeks before a coal train derailment northwest of Noxon is completely cleaned up.

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Two men charged with raping Bozeman woman in Big Sky

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Heriberto Bobadilla, and Alex Romero were charged with sexual intercourse without consent. 

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Iraqi students learn about Montana culture and values

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The students each created vision boards, a way to organize their hopes and thoughts around a certain topic.

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Judge orders halt to Roundup coal mine expansion

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A federal judge has ordered a halt to the expansion of Signal Peak Energy's Bull Mountain Coal Mine south of Roundup. 

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Meyers fire at 13,700 acres outside of Philipsburg

The Meyers fire is burning outside of Philipsburg. (courtesy photo) The Meyers fire is burning outside of Philipsburg. (courtesy photo)
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Evacuations are still in place for residents in the Frog Basin Pond, Copper Creek Campground and Moose Lake areas.

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Rice Ridge fire holding steady near Seeley Lake

The Rice Ridge fire in Seeley Lake is one of the top concerns of firefighters. (MTN News photo) The Rice Ridge fire in Seeley Lake is one of the top concerns of firefighters. (MTN News photo)
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The Rice Ridge fire near Seeley Lake has now burned 11,700 acres and is 10% contained.

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Tamarack fire holding at 300 acres

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The blaze is burning in remote terrain between Kalispell and Libby was started by lightning.

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Sapphire Complex fire burning over 30,000 acres

Evacuation and pre-evacuation notices remain in effect near the Sapphire Complex fire. (inciweb.org photo) Evacuation and pre-evacuation notices remain in effect near the Sapphire Complex fire. (inciweb.org photo)
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The Sapphire Complex fire burning approximately 25 miles south-southeast of Missoula is burning 30,400 acres.

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Blue Bay fire near Polson burning 55 acres

The Blue Bay fire is burning east of Polson along Highway 35. (photo credit: Robert Kohler) The Blue Bay fire is burning east of Polson along Highway 35. (photo credit: Robert Kohler)
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There are over 50 firefighters assigned to fight the fire which is not threatening any structures at this time.

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Sunrise fire near Superior tops 21,000 acres

The Sunrise fire has forced evacuations in Mineral County. (inciweb.org photo) The Sunrise fire has forced evacuations in Mineral County. (inciweb.org photo)
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The Sunrise fire burning 11 miles southeast of Superior is now sitting at 21,082 acres and 30% contained. 

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DEQ moves Black Butte Copper Mine permit forward

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State officials have given the company behind the Black Butte Copper Project the green light to move forward with the next step in their proposed mine.

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Air quality concerns return to Western Montana

Smoke from the Rice Ridge fire continue to poor into the town of Seelley Lake. (MTN News photo) Smoke from the Rice Ridge fire continue to poor into the town of Seelley Lake. (MTN News photo)
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The air quality in Seeley Lake dropped back to "Hazardous" on Tuesday morning thanks to the nearby Rice Ridge fire. 

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FFA, 4-H competitors ready for Northwest Montana Fair

18-year-old Krystal Sutton has been showing animals at the Northwest Montana Fair for several years. (MTN News photo) 18-year-old Krystal Sutton has been showing animals at the Northwest Montana Fair for several years. (MTN News photo)
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The Northwest Montana Fair kicks off in Kalispell later this week and the fairgrounds is already bustling with activity.

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Glacier National Park wildfire grows

The Sprague fire has forced park officials to close the Sperry Chalet. (MTN News photo) The Sprague fire has forced park officials to close the Sperry Chalet. (MTN News photo)
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The now 100-acre The Sprague fire has forced park officials to close the Sperry Chalet. 

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Montana Made: Appleton Furniture

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When the couple is around town, they enjoy seeing their finished products in people's homes.

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Evacuations lifted near Gibralter Ridge Fire

Evacuations have been lifted near the blaze that's burning outside of Eureka. (MTN News photo) Evacuations have been lifted near the blaze that's burning outside of Eureka. (MTN News photo)
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Cooler temperatures and more humid air near Eureka are proving to be an asset for firefighters taking on the 1,900-acre Gibralter Ridge Fire.

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MRL working to clear rail line near Noxon following derailment

Approximately 30 cars carrying coal jumped the tracks late Sunday in northwest Montana. (MTN News photo) Approximately 30 cars carrying coal jumped the tracks late Sunday in northwest Montana. (MTN News photo)
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Approximately 30 train cars hauling coal spilled off the tracks in a train derailment just west of Noxon Sunday night.  

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Missoula man faces double attempted murder from July domestic dispute Video included

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37-year-old Jamison Richmond faces several charges including two counts of attempted homicide, aggravated burglary and assault with a weapon. 

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3 victims of Broadwater County crash identified

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The three people who died in a crash in Broadwater County on Sunday have been identified.

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GoDaddy boots neo-Nazi site after a derogatory story on the Charlottesville victim Video included

“The Daily Stormer” screenshot “The Daily Stormer” screenshot
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The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist and neo-Nazi website, needs to find another domain name provider after GoDaddy gave it the boot following a derogatory story about the woman killed at the Charlottesville, Virginia, rally.

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Coal train derails in Northwest Montana

Nate Haflich photo. Nate Haflich photo.
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Montana Rail Link has confirmed that approximately 30 coal cars derailed Sunday night in Northwest Montana.

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Tamarack fire quickly grows in Northwest Montana Video included

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A new fire in Northwest Montana has quickly grown to over 300 acres in the past the 24 hours.

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Sunrise fire tops 19,000 acres

The Sunrise fire has forced evacuations as it burns near Superior. (inciweb.org photo) The Sunrise fire has forced evacuations as it burns near Superior. (inciweb.org photo)
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The Cougar Gulch, Quartz Creek, and Trout Creek area south of Magone Ranch -- remain under a Stage 3 evacuation warning.

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Public meeting set to discuss wildfires near Polson

A pair of fires are burning in the Mission Mountains. (photo credit: Doreen Ratzburg) A pair of fires are burning in the Mission Mountains. (photo credit: Doreen Ratzburg)
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The Blue Bay Fire is currently at 48 Acres with 10% containment. The Blue Bay Fire 2 is holding at two and acres and is now fully contained. 

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Pre-evacuation orders lifted near Liberty fire

The Liberty fire is still burning between Arlee and Seeley Lake. (photo credit: Kari Greer) The Liberty fire is still burning between Arlee and Seeley Lake. (photo credit: Kari Greer)
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The 5,000 acre blaze is burning in the Jocko Lakes area between Arlee and Seeley Lake.

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Big improvement in Western Montana air quality

The view from the KPAX - St. Patrick's Hospital Eyecam on Monday morning. The view from the KPAX - St. Patrick's Hospital Eyecam on Monday morning.
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Most folks in Western Montana are getting some welcome relief from all of the wildfire smoke that's been hanging around. 

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Injury reported at Rice Ridge fire

The Rice Ridge fire in Seeley Lake is one of the top concerns of firefighters. (MTN News photo) The Rice Ridge fire in Seeley Lake is one of the top concerns of firefighters. (MTN News photo)
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A contractor was hurt on Sunday morning while working on the 11,300 acre Rice Ridge fire.

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Glacier National Park guests evacuate chalet due to fire Video included

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Glacier National Park guests evacuated on foot from a West Glacier chalet to avoid a wildfire.

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Lolo Peak fire evacuees face lots of questions Video included

Whitney and Jason Olson were among those forced to evacute on Sunday. (MTN News photo) Whitney and Jason Olson were among those forced to evacute on Sunday. (MTN News photo)
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"Well there's a lot of things going through our minds. We experienced this four years ago in 2013 so we're a lot more prepared this time."

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Mandatory evacuations remain due to Lolo Peak fire Video included

Approximately 160 homes remain under mandatory evacuation west of Lolo. (MTN News photo) Approximately 160 homes remain under mandatory evacuation west of Lolo. (MTN News photo)
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Extreme weather at the Lolo Peak fire prompted authorities to order an immediate evacuation for some residents west of Lolo on Sunday.

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3 dead, 2 injured in Broadwater County crash

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Three people were killed and two others were injured in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 12 in Broadwater County on Sunday.

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Residents near Lolo Peak fire ordered to leave Video included

160 homes are under mandatory evacuations and another 140 are on pre-evacuation status. MTN News/Kent Luetzen photo) 160 homes are under mandatory evacuations and another 140 are on pre-evacuation status. MTN News/Kent Luetzen photo)
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Orders are in place for approximately 160 homes on both the north and south sides of Highway 12 starting at mile marker 20 and Fort Fizzle.

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  • Monte goes pro… again

    Monte goes pro… again

    Thursday, October 27 2016 6:20 PM EDT2016-10-27 22:20:56 GMT

    A new Monte has again turned pro in the NBA, this time shedding the brown fur of a Grizzly bear, and donning the silver fur of “Clutch,” the Houston Rocket’s beloved bear.

    A new Monte has again turned pro in the NBA, this time shedding the brown fur of a Grizzly bear, and donning the silver fur of “Clutch,” the Houston Rocket’s beloved bear.

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