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This US wildfire season is among the worst: Here's why

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  • One-third of Montanans exposed through EQUIFAX data breach

    One-third of Montanans exposed through EQUIFAX data breach

    Friday, September 8 2017 3:50 PM EDT2017-09-08 19:50:46 GMT

    A recent hack of credit monitoring agency EQUIFAX may have exposed more than a hundred million names, social security numbers, and addresses. Now the company is offering a year of free credit monitoring to those impacted.

    A recent hack of credit monitoring agency EQUIFAX may have exposed more than a hundred million names, social security numbers, and addresses. Now the company is offering a year of free credit monitoring to those impacted.

DENVER (AP) - Wildfires are scorching dried-out Western forests and grassland and putting 2017 on track to be among the worst fire seasons in a decade.
    
A snowy winter across much of the West raised hopes 2017 wouldn't be a fire-prone year.
    
But officials said Thursday that a hot, dry summer spoiled that.
    
The weather turned very hot very fast in the spring and snow melted much faster than expected.
    
Experts say fuel was provided for wildfires because the grass dried out and so did forests.
    
Summer lightning storms dumped less rain than usual and weather conditions kept humidity low.
    
That created a natural tinderbox in many states.
    
The U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Department of Interior report spending more than $2.1 billion to fight the fires so far this year.

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  • Search crews find body of missing rafter

    Search crews find body of missing rafter

    Monday, June 18 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-06-18 04:26:44 GMT

    Rescue crews found a man’s body after a multi-agency search in Granite County.

    Rescue crews found a man’s body after a multi-agency search in Granite County.

  • FWP predicts good fishing in coming months

    FWP predicts good fishing in coming months

    Sunday, June 17 2018 9:55 PM EDT2018-06-18 01:55:53 GMT

    With all the high water we've had so far this year, Fish Wildlife and Park's Bob Gibson says fishing in the next few months will be phenomenal. When the water levels drop, the rivers will be filled with fish. 

    With all the high water we've had so far this year, Fish Wildlife and Park's Bob Gibson says fishing in the next few months will be phenomenal. When the water levels drop, the rivers will be filled with fish. 

  • Public Works Department report addresses flooding throughout Billings

    Public Works Department report addresses flooding throughout Billings

    Sunday, June 17 2018 8:19 PM EDT2018-06-18 00:19:31 GMT

    One of the items up for public comment at City Council tomorrow is the May Monthly Report from the Public Works Department. The report addresses flooding which has affected several areas in the city in the last few weeks. 

    One of the items up for public comment at City Council tomorrow is the May Monthly Report from the Public Works Department. The report addresses flooding which has affected several areas in the city in the last few weeks. 

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  • Exhaust-ing ordeal: Woman gets head stuck in tailpipe

    Exhaust-ing ordeal: Woman gets head stuck in tailpipe

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 4:50 PM EDT2018-06-13 20:50:37 GMT

    A young woman endured an exhaust-ing ordeal when she got her head stuck in a truck's oversized tailpipe at a Minnesota music festival.

    A young woman endured an exhaust-ing ordeal when she got her head stuck in a truck's oversized tailpipe at a Minnesota music festival.

  • Domino's Pizza is filling potholes across America

    Domino's Pizza is filling potholes across America

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 2:59 PM EDT2018-06-12 18:59:35 GMT

    Domino's Pizza is taking to the streets to fill potholes across America. The pizza giant is working to make deliveries a little easier by making road repairs in towns customers have nominated.

    Domino's Pizza is taking to the streets to fill potholes across America. The pizza giant is working to make deliveries a little easier by making road repairs in towns customers have nominated.

  • Truck slams into Washington doughnut store, barely missing 2

    Truck slams into Washington doughnut store, barely missing 2

    Monday, June 11 2018 11:48 AM EDT2018-06-11 15:48:55 GMT

    Dramatic security video shows a pickup truck barrel out of control and slam into a traffic barrier outside a Washington state doughnut store, barely missing two customers.

    Dramatic security video shows a pickup truck barrel out of control and slam into a traffic barrier outside a Washington state doughnut store, barely missing two customers.

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  • Man goes missing after jumping off bridge

    Man goes missing after jumping off bridge

    Monday, June 18 2018 1:10 AM EDT2018-06-18 05:10:27 GMT

    The Columbus Fire Rescue posted on their Facebook page they were called to Reed Point Saturday morning for a report of a man who jumped off the Yellowstone Bridge and into the Yellowstone River.

    The Columbus Fire Rescue posted on their Facebook page they were called to Reed Point Saturday morning for a report of a man who jumped off the Yellowstone Bridge and into the Yellowstone River.

  • First annual Food Truck Battles held at MetraPark

    First annual Food Truck Battles held at MetraPark

    Sunday, June 17 2018 1:58 PM EDT2018-06-17 17:58:43 GMT

    This year's Food Truck Battle on the Yellowstone is the first of what Rene Critelli says she hopes will become an annual event hosted by the Breakfast Exchange Club of Billings. The food truck competition is raising funds for Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing, otherwise known as V.A.S.H. 

    This year's Food Truck Battle on the Yellowstone is the first of what Rene Critelli says she hopes will become an annual event hosted by the Breakfast Exchange Club of Billings. The food truck competition is raising funds for Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing, otherwise known as V.A.S.H. 

  • Man killed in motorcycle crash on Shiloh Rd.

    Man killed in motorcycle crash on Shiloh Rd.

    Saturday, June 16 2018 8:22 AM EDT2018-06-16 12:22:12 GMT

    A 30-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle crash late Friday night.  

    A 30-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle crash late Friday night.  

  • How to tell which are the right running shoes for you

    How to tell which are the right running shoes for you

    Sunday, June 17 2018 1:04 AM EDT2018-06-17 05:04:11 GMT

    If you've thought about picking up running, has it ever crossed your mind about the shoes you should buy?  Is it okay to just head to a department store and pick out your size?

    If you've thought about picking up running, has it ever crossed your mind about the shoes you should buy?  Is it okay to just head to a department store and pick out your size?

  • Woman found dead on Phillips Street, man arrested

    Woman found dead on Phillips Street, man arrested

    Sunday, June 17 2018 5:29 PM EDT2018-06-17 21:29:33 GMT

    Missoula City Police say they were called to the area of Lowell School on Phillips Street around 2:26 Sunday morning for a report of an injured woman lying in the roadway. 

    Missoula City Police say they were called to the area of Lowell School on Phillips Street around 2:26 Sunday morning for a report of an injured woman lying in the roadway. 

  • Search crews find body of missing rafter

    Search crews find body of missing rafter

    Monday, June 18 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-06-18 04:26:44 GMT

    Rescue crews found a man’s body after a multi-agency search in Granite County.

    Rescue crews found a man’s body after a multi-agency search in Granite County.

  • Demetrius Glenn sentenced to 16 years in prison

    Demetrius Glenn sentenced to 16 years in prison

    Thursday, March 19 2015 5:01 PM EDT2015-03-19 21:01:18 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The second teenager who admitted to killing 88-year-old WWII veteran Delbert "Shorty" Belton in August 2013 has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for his part in the murder. Glenn took a last minute plea deal earlier this month just prior to his trial beginning. 
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The second teenager who admitted to killing 88-year-old WWII veteran Delbert "Shorty" Belton in August 2013 has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for his part in the murder. Glenn took a last minute plea deal earlier this month just prior to his trial beginning. 

  • First degree murder charges dropped against former Pasco police officer Richard Aguirre

    First degree murder charges dropped against former Pasco police officer Richard Aguirre

    Thursday, December 7 2017 2:30 PM EST2017-12-07 19:30:42 GMT

    On December 6th, 2017, first degree murder charges were dropped against former Pasco Police Officer Richard Aguirre.

    On December 6th, 2017, first degree murder charges were dropped against former Pasco Police Officer Richard Aguirre.