Fire danger has been increased to 'high' as of Monday morning, according to Jordan Koppen, Fire Prevention Specialist for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

Last weekends powerful thunderstorms accompanied by thousands of lightning strikes produced some small fires in the Bitterroot National Forest.

A Missoula man was charged with felony strangulation after slapping and choking his ex-girlfriend.

Partly cloudy with a slight chance of an afternoon thunderstorms in western MOntana today, with highs near 80.