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Senator Steve Daines Visits Local Forests – Talks Fire Danger [YouTube]

Montana Senator Steve Daines toured the Frenchtown Face Timber Project on Wednesday, and spoke with area forest stakeholders about the future of federal lands access and the historically extreme fire danger evident in Montana. 

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Representative Ryan Zinke Visits Glacier Rim Fire – Containment Remains at 25 Percent

Congressman Ryan Zinke toured the Flathead Valley and the Hungry Horse Ranger Station earlier this week and said that fire season has certainly descended upon Northern Montana.

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County Officials Raise Fire Danger to Very High – Temperatures in the 90′s This Weekend [YouTube]

Officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association have raised the fire danger level from 'High' to "Very High" as of Monday afternoon. 

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Rain Continues, Precipitation Numbers Still Below Normal

It's hard to believe after days of rain, but National Weather Service Hydrologist Ray Nickless said the amount of water hitting Montana over the past month is below normal.

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Not Guilty Plea in Kidnapping and Attempted Murder – Montana Headlines

Katherine Evans entered a not guilty plea in District Court yesterday in her role in a kidnapping and attempted murder on I-90

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Idaho Fires Reduce Missoula Air Quality to Near Unhealthy Levels [AUDIO]

Fires in Idaho and as far away as Oregon, California and Canada are bringing smoke into the Missoula valley and reducing air quality to near unhealthy levels for sensitive groups.

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Thompson River Complex Mushrooms to Over 600 Acres [AUDIO]

The Thompson River Complex, four lightning-caused fires burning in very steep, rocky terrain, discovered Aug. 1, continues to be managed by an ICT 3 management team on the Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District on the west side of the Lolo National Forest.

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City Declares Stage One Fire Restrictions Beginning Thursday [AUDIO]

The City of Missoula will join other West Central Montana fire agencies in enacting Stage I fire restrictions early Thursday morning.

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Missoula Fire Danger Raised to “Very High” [AUDIO]

Monday morning, based on current and expected weather conditions, fire officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA) agreed to move the fire danger in Missoula County to "Very High" starting  at midnight on July 29.

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Smoke Pours Into Missoula Valley From Washington Fires – Lowers Temperatures [AUDIO]

The red sun hanging over the Missoula valley is proof positive that heavy smoke from Washington and Oregon fires has poured into the area over the past few days.

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