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2017 Montana Fire Coverage

Evacuation orders lifted on some Montana fires

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SEELEY LAKE, Mont. (AP) - The Latest on wildfires burning in Montana (all times local): Evacuation orders have been lifted on some Montana fires, but some residents who returned home are being warned to prepare to leave again, if needed.

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Farmers are suffering from one of the worst droughts in years

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The state of Montana is currently in a terrible drought. 

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New Emergency Text System available as fires continue to spread

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The Alice Creek fire grew another 4,000 acres last Monday night and containment levels are back down to zero percent.

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Tips on what to do during bad air quality days Video included

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We had some pretty clear skies Tuesday compared to the last few days. According to the website called Today's Air, the air quality was deemed good.

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Health officials concerned about long term exposure to fire smoke

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With more than a month of unhealthy air health officials at Missoula City-County Health Department said they are becoming concerned about the consequences of long-term exposure to fire smoke.  

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Missoula County fire evacuation updates

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Rice Ridge Fire: Missoula County Sheriff McDermott announced on Tuesday that evacuation ORDERS are being downgraded to evacuation WARNINGS in Zone 1, which affects approximately 429 homes.

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Governor Bullock deploys National Guard to aid firefighting

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Since mid June, Governor Steve Bullock has declared three emergencies and three disasters surrounding the drought and fires this summer. He says we are facing an unprecedented fire season, affecting many Montanans. With the latest declaration of disaster the Governor can now mobilize additional National Guard resources normally we wouldn’t be granted, and a lot of the assets are coming from Fort Harrison. Governor Bullock says now this is a fight from a state and federal level.... More>>

Wildfire Impact on Wildlife

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Archery season is in full swing, but with wildfires continuing to burn for a couple more weeks, how will it impact this year's hunting season? 

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Montana wildfires grow close to 1 million acres

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According to the Forestry Department and the Department of Natural Resources, this fire season is one of the most active on record in Montana.

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#MontanaStrong: Havre woman raises thousands for fire relief

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She hopes to raise at least $10,000. 

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