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

Winds push Howe Ridge fire to 11,000 acres

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The Howe Ridge fire in Glacier National Park has grown to nearly 11,200 acres with evacuation orders and warnings remaining in place.

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Air Quality Alert remains in effect for Northwest Montana

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An Air Quality Alert remains in effect of Tuesday for Flathead and Lincoln counties due to wildfire smoke.

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Wildfire near Essex grows to over 560 acres

The Paola Ridge fire burning on the Flathead National Forest near Essex along US Highway 2. (inciweb.org photo) The Paola Ridge fire burning on the Flathead National Forest near Essex along US Highway 2. (inciweb.org photo)
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The Paola Ridge fire burning on the Flathead National Forest near Essex is now at 566 acres.

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Wildfire near Polebridge at 338 acres, evacuation warning remains in place

Fire managers discuss the Whale Butte Creek fire during a recent public meeting. (inciweb.org photo) Fire managers discuss the Whale Butte Creek fire during a recent public meeting. (inciweb.org photo)
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An evacuation warning remains in effect for some residents near the Whale Butte Creek fire which is burning outside of Polebridge.

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Montana Made: Windmill Village Bakery

You can find The Windmill Bakery along Highway 92 in the small western Montana community of Ravalli. (MTN News photo) You can find The Windmill Bakery along Highway 92 in the small western Montana community of Ravalli. (MTN News photo)
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We headed to an unsuspecting bakery in Ravalli where one woman's donuts have people from around the world stopping to take a bite.

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Evacuation warnings lifted in Gravelly Mountain fires

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Evacuation warnings for the Wigwam and Monument wildfires will be lifted Tuesday night. 

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MSU expects 3000+ students on Move-in Day

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Montana State University expects more than 3,000 students to arrive on move-in day/

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MT Supreme Court upholds decision tossing Green Party from ballot

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The Montana Supreme Court Tuesday upheld last month’s ruling that tossed five Montana Green Party candidates from the general election ballot this fall. 

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Cooler, wetter weather pattern in the forecast amid wildfires

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August 21 is too early to call for a wildfire “season-ending” event, but the near future weather pattern could have us knocking on the door. 

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Michael Cohen says he paid off women at Trump's direction to influence election

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Cohen told the judge that he paid two women hush money "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office ... for the principle purpose of influencing the election."

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Missing endangered person advisory released for Billings girl

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Authorities are looking for a Billings girl, 16-year-old Zoey The Boy, who is believed to be missing and endangered.

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Ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleads guilty to 8 counts

Michael Cohen (Cropped Photo: IowaPolitics.com / CC BY-SA 2.0 ) Michael Cohen (Cropped Photo: IowaPolitics.com / CC BY-SA 2.0 )
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Former longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen surrendered himself to the FBI in New York Tuesday and is now in the custody of federal authorities. 

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Manafort found guilty on 8 counts as jury returns partial verdict

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Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, has been found guilty on five counts of tax fraud, one count of failing to disclose his foreign bank accounts and two counts of bank fraud. 

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Cannabis stocks soar to new highs

Cannabis stocks have been soaring since the maker of Corona beer boosted its investment in a Canadian cannabis company. (CNN photo) Cannabis stocks have been soaring since the maker of Corona beer boosted its investment in a Canadian cannabis company. (CNN photo)
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Cannabis stocks have been soaring since the maker of Corona beer boosted its investment in a Canadian cannabis company by $4 billion.

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Missing person alert issued in Great Falls

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Officers are working with the Marshall County Sheriff's Office in Alabama in the search for Kendra Bayless.

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Battle against Ten Mile, Sterling Complex fires continues

Beau Marin, Flathead Interagency Hotshot Squadleader, pulls the the uncontained northwestern flank of Huckleberry Fire into containment lines. (inciweb.org photo) Beau Marin, Flathead Interagency Hotshot Squadleader, pulls the the uncontained northwestern flank of Huckleberry Fire into containment lines. (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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Command center doing double-duty for Goldstone, Beaver Creek fires

An incident command post is located approximately 50 miles between the Goldstone fire and the Beaver Creek fire. (MTN News photo) An incident command post is located approximately 50 miles between the Goldstone fire and the Beaver Creek fire. (MTN News photo)
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Fire officials to consolidate the command center for both blazes because of its proximity to the two fires.

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Davis fire grows 6,200 acres near Yaak

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 has now burned a little over 6,200 acres since being sparked by lightning on July 29th.

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Weather Forecast: Quiet (but hazy) next few days

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After Monday's MUCH needed rain across most of the region, we're in for a few quiet days.

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Man killed by Great Falls police ID'd

The incident began Sunday evening when officers responded to a residence in the Highwoods Mobile Home Park. (MTN News photo) The incident began Sunday evening when officers responded to a residence in the Highwoods Mobile Home Park. (MTN News photo)
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A coroner has released the name of the man who was shot to death after reportedly brandished a gun at Great Falls police officers.

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Pre-evacuation alert issued for residents near Lincoln Co. wildfire

The Gold Hill fire burning on the Kootenai National Forest. (inciweb.org photo) The Gold Hill fire burning on the Kootenai National Forest. (inciweb.org photo)
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Pre-evacuation notices have been issued for a dozen properties located near the Gold Hill fire which is burning near Libby.

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Crews take advantage in break in weather at Howe Ridge fire

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The Howe Ridge fire has burned just over 7,800 acres, destroyed several buildings and forced evacuations at the height of tourism season.

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Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program seeking real stories

(MTN News photo) (MTN News photo)
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In order to audition, a person needs to have a real story about how tobacco has impacted their life or the life of someone they know. 

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Montana woman survives severe rock climbing accident

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A Montana woman is recovering following a June rock climbing accident that left her severely injured and permanently disfigured. 

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Group targeted in `Dark Money’ film: We stand for free speech and privacy

"Dark Money" opens in MT theaters "Dark Money" opens in MT theaters
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The documentary film “Dark Money,” which continues its run this week in several Montana theaters, takes aim at political groups that don’t divulge their donors – but doesn’t spend much time discussing those groups’ take on the issue. One of those groups weighs in.

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Victim who drowned in Lake Como identified

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Authorities have identified the Bitterroot Valley woman who drowned last week at Lake Como.

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North Carolina woman killed in NW Montana crash ID'd

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Montana Highway Patrol Sergeant Neil Duram says that Dawn Adamson, 46, of Granite Falls, North Carolina died in the Aug. 14 accident.

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Man recounts harrowing escape from Glacier NP fire

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Video shows Justin Bilton and his father's desperate attempt to escape the flames last week when the Howe Ridge fire first broke out.

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Analysis: The facts behind Gianforte’s ad attacking Williams on immigration

Gianforte campaign ad attacking Democrat Williams Gianforte campaign ad attacking Democrat Williams
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Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte’s first campaign TV ad, which began airing last week, sharply criticizes Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams on immigration and foreign policy. But some of the ad’s leading claims misrepresent Williams’ stated views on the subject.

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Humble Beginnings | Wheat Montana | Under the Big Sky

Dean Folkvord’s Grandparents on their dairy farm outside Helena, MT. Dean Folkvord’s Grandparents on their dairy farm outside Helena, MT.
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In this Under the Big Sky bonus video, the Wheat Montana farm encompasses more than fifteen thousand acres. But as Dean Folkvord points out, the family farm has humble beginnings going back to his Grandparents modest dairy farm outside of Helena.  Dean attributes much of the growth and success to shared Montana values of hard work and family support. The Folkvord family has been involved in agriculture for three generations. Through hard work, determination and good fortune,...

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Crews continue battling Ten Mile, Sterling Complex fires

The Ten Mile and Sterling Complex fires are burning in the Kootenai National Forest. (inciweb.org photo) The Ten Mile and Sterling Complex fires are burning in the Kootenai National Forest. (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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Davis fire grows 6,000 acres near Yaak

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 has now burned a little over 6,000 acres since being sparked by lightning on July 29th.

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Howe Ridge fire holds steady, evacuations remain in place

The Howe Ridge fire is burning in Glacier National Park near Lake McDonald.  (inciweb.org photo)i The Howe Ridge fire is burning in Glacier National Park near Lake McDonald. (inciweb.org photo)i
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The Howe Ridge fire in Glacier National Park has burned 7,800 acres and several structures prompting evacuation orders and warnings.

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Get your groove on with new MSU human movement lab

Montana State University has a new lab that is able to determine the body’s movement. (MTN News photo) Montana State University has a new lab that is able to determine the body’s movement. (MTN News photo)
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Montana State University has a new lab that is able to determine the body’s movement.

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Body of missing teen recovered from Yellowstone River

File photo courtesy of Park County Sheriff / Facebook File photo courtesy of Park County Sheriff / Facebook
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Authorities have recovered the body of a teenage boy who went missing in the Yellowstone River last month.

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Montana Ag Network: Working to save a piece of history

The Pride of the Judith was formed to save Hobson's historic grain elevators from being torn down. (MTN News photo) The Pride of the Judith was formed to save Hobson's historic grain elevators from being torn down. (MTN News photo)
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The Pride of the Judith was formed to save Hobson's historic grain elevators from being torn down.

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Federal fugitive captured after wild chase in Billings

A federal fugitive led local, state and federal law enforcement on a chase early Sunday morning in Billings. (MTN News photo) A federal fugitive led local, state and federal law enforcement on a chase early Sunday morning in Billings. (MTN News photo)
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A federal fugitive led local, state and federal law enforcement on a chase early Sunday morning in Billings.

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Fundraising continues for Mission Valley Animal Shelter upgrades

The Puppy Party 2 is an event to generate money for much-needed upgrades to save more lives. (MTN News photo) The Puppy Party 2 is an event to generate money for much-needed upgrades to save more lives. (MTN News photo)
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The Mission Valley Animal Shelter is preparing for their second annual Puppy Party to raise money for more upgrades at the facility.

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Fatal police shooting in Great Falls

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A man who reportedly brandished a gun at Great Falls police officers was shot and killed on Sunday evening. 

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Gov. Bullock says he 'would' support assault weapons ban

Montana Governor Steve Bullock (MTN News photo) Montana Governor Steve Bullock (MTN News photo)
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Gov. Steve Bullock is staking out a strong position on the issue ahead of a possible run for president in 2020. 

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All of Montana now under Air Quality Alert

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An Air Quality Alert has been issued for the entire state of Montana due to wildfire smoke. 

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Howe Ridge fire explodes, more evacuations orders issued

The Howe Ridge fire is burning in Glacier National Park near Lake McDonald.  (inciweb.org photo)i The Howe Ridge fire is burning in Glacier National Park near Lake McDonald. (inciweb.org photo)i
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The Howe Ridge fire in Glacier National Park has grown to 7,800 acres prompting more evacuations.

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Visitors enjoy East Glacier despite fires

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People have come from near and far to spend part of their summer in Glacier National Park despite the smoky conditions.
 

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8.2-magnitude earthquake strikes in South Pacific off Fiji

(MTN News file photo) (MTN News file photo)
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A massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, roughly 200 miles off Fiji and almost the same distance from Tonga.

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Campers escape by driving through wildfire in Glacier NP

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“I just had a bad feeling about it, and I was like ‘Dad, I think we need to get out of here.'”

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Type I Team assumes control of Howe Ridge fire as winds expected to strengthen

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Friday a Type 1 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire and three others burning in and around Glacier National Park.

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Searchers recover final body from Bighorn Lake

Searchers have recovered and identified the third and final body from a boating accident a week ago in Bighorn Lake. Searchers have recovered and identified the third and final body from a boating accident a week ago in Bighorn Lake.
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Searchers have recovered and identified the third and final body from a boating accident a week ago in Bighorn Lake.  

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Bullock makes another appearance in Iowa, fueling more speculation on 2020 bid

Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT) (MTN News photo) Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT) (MTN News photo)
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Gov. Steve Bullock was one of several Democrats from across the country to stump at the Iowa State Fair this week.  

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Montana firefighters on the way home from battling historic California fires

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After two weeks on the front lines of the biggest fires in California, a team of Montana firefighters is headed home.

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Montana’s campaign-contribution limits appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

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A prominent critic of campaign-finance limits has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Montana’s campaign-contribution limits, arguing they are an unconstitutional limit on free speech. 

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Montana federal judge calls for full environmental review of Keystone pipeline

The U.S. State Department delivered a victory to TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline Monday. The U.S. State Department delivered a victory to TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline Monday.
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A Montana federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Keystone XL pipeline's new approved route in Nebraska requires a full environmental review, likely causing another delay.

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Motion filed requesting immunity for potential witness in Missoula double murder

MTN News file photo. MTN News file photo.
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Details have been revealed in court documents regarding a motion requesting that immunity be granted to a witness in a double murder in Missoula last year.

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Glacier NP wildfire forces Lake McDonald Lodge to close for season

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The lightning-sparked fire has burned 3,500 acres on the west side of Glacier National Park and forced evacuations.

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Sanders County Attorney withdraws bid for re-election

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Sanders County Attorney Bob Zimmerman has withdrawn his name for re-election.

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Containment reaches 50% 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 50%.

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Evacuation warning issued near Flathead County wildfire

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An evacuation warning has been issued for some residents near the Whale Butte Creek fire in Flathead County. 

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Crews making progress battling Lincoln County wildfires

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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Howe Ridge Fire grows nearly 1,000 acres in one day

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An overnight infrared overflight of the fire perimeter shows the blaze now measures 3,500 acres.

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