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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A wildfire in Montana's Glacier National Park is forcing more evacuations and has burned within a half-mile of the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road. The Missoulian newspaper reported Sunday that officials say protecting the highway through the park is their priority, with firefighters installing hoses and sprinklers to prevent it from spreading there. It comes as officials said a wildfire near California's Yosemite National Park has been fully contained.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's Democratic governor is saying for the first time that he'd support a ban on some semiautomatic weapons. Gov. Steve Bullock's comments came in response to a question posed to him Sunday morning on CNN's State of The Union. Host Jake Tapper asked Bullock if he would support an "assault weapons ban, a ban on some forms of semiautomatic weapons." Bullock answered, "You know, I would, Jake."

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana wildlife officials say a kind of snail that's native to Europe and can lead to the death of waterfowl has been found in a lake in Pondera County. Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said the faucet snails were discovered by a fisherman who turned them in for identification. They were found in Lake Frances near Valier in northcentral Montana. The spiral-shelled creatures grow up to a half-inch long. They host several parasites blamed in die-offs of American coots on Georgetown Lake.

(AP) - An AP analysis shows higher temperatures are turbocharging wildfire season in the American West. Data show warmer years are when fires burn most. University of Alberta fire scientist Mike Flannigan says hotter, drier weather means trees, brush and other plants are drier, "so it's easier for fires to start and spread and burn more intensely." As human-caused climate change has warmed the world over the past 35 years, the land consumed by flames has more than doubled.

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