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Montana Wildfire Update For August 1, 2021

4:45 p.m.: A wildfire burning 8 miles east of Polson has resulted in structure losses and evacuations on the East Side of Flathead Lake. Lake County issued a mandatory evacuation notice for the Finley point area early Sunday morning. The evacuation area also includes the section of highway 35 from mile marker 6 through mile marker 13. Entry to Finley Point was closed as of 2 p.m. with predicted high winds in the area.


Montana Wildfire Update For July 30, 2021

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office has issued a pre-evacuation warning for additional areas near the South Yaak Fire burning 4 miles northwest of Troy.


'Juicy' Weather Headed To Parts Of Western Montana

Montana’s hot, bone-dry weather this summer has been anything but ”juicy,” but that may be about to change.That’s the word National Weather Service-Missoula forecasters used this week to characterize weather expected to bring wetting rains to north-central Idaho and western Montana starting Sunday.


In Meeting With Biden, Gov. Gianforte Pushes For More Forest Management

Gov. Greg Gianforte joined six other western governors Friday in a meeting with President Joe Biden to talk about wildfires. Thousands of acres are burning across the state of Montana amid a severe drought and high temperatures.


Montana’s Senators Divided On Federal Infrastructure Proposal

A trillion-dollar infrastructure package backed by Montana’s senior senator took a step forward Thursday. The deal has bipartisan support but still faces hurdles.After a procedural vote, the infrastructure deal is headed to the Senate floor for debate.


Missoula County Marks 100th COVID-19 Death

COVID-19 claimed its one-hundredth Missoula County resident earlier this week. County commissioners marked the somber milestone Thursday with a brief ceremony.


One Third Of Montana Counties Fall Under The New CDC Mask Recommendations

About one-third of Montana counties fall under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for fully vaccinated people to wear masks in public indoor places because of substantial or high transmission of COVID-19.


Montana Schools Superintendent Says Masks Should Be Personal Choice

Montana school officials are grappling with new mask guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as COVID-19 cases rise ahead of the first day of classes. The state’s superintendent of public instruction is advocating for personal choice while public health experts push for mandates.


Veterans Affairs Mandates COVID Vaccines For Its Health Care Workers

The Department of Veterans Affairs Monday became the nation’s first major federal agency to require health care workers to get COVID-19 vaccines. Montana VA officials are now carefully reviewing the new mandate that applies to about 500 workers in the state.


Montana Wildfire Update For July 28, 2021

The 53,000 acre Poverty Flats Fire is threatening more than 1,240 homes around Big Horn County. It’s also threatening infrastructure, utilities and roads in the area.


Polson’s Water Service Restored After City Restricts ‘Unnecessary’ Usage

Polson officials say residents are pitching in to conserve water. City Manager Ed Meece says water service was restored Monday night to all 60 homes that lost service Monday morning due to low supplies and high demand.


Flathead Judge Rules Montana DEQ's Review Of Bottling Plant Inadequate

A Flathead County District Court judge ruled July 21 that a Montana Department of Environmental Quality review failed to consider the full effects of a water-bottling plant near Creston.


Montana Wildfire Update For July 26, 2021

New evacuation orders and pre-evacuation warnings went into effect Monday in western and central Montana, and air quality took a dive across much of the state.


City Of Polson Declares Water Emergency As Montana's Drought Continues

The City of Polson has declared a water emergency, and is the latest Montana community to implement temporary water restrictions. Water to 60 homes in the city was shut off Monday as the region faces extraordinary demand and low supply.


Montana Officials Direct Federal Funds To State Health Programs

Montana officials are recommending that $22 million in federal stimulus money go toward disability services, COVID-19 screening at schools and programs to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.


Yellowstone Issues Park-Wide Fishing Restrictions

Yellowstone National Park will see its first park-wide fishing closure on all rivers and streams since 2007. The closure will prohibit fishing from 2 p.m. to sunrise the following day.


Montana Wildfire Update For July 23, 2021

Evacuation orders are in effect for Belt Park in Cascade County, and evacuation warnings are in effect for areas near Troy and Thompson Falls. In central Montana, five firefighters were injured Thursday afternoon while battling a lightning-caused fire.


COVID-19 Delta Variant Now The Dominant Strain In Montana

Delta is now the predominant variant of COVID-19 detected in Montana, according to the state health department’s latest variant report.


Health Officials Urge Students To Get Vaccinated Before School Begins

Public health officials in Helena are urging parents to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments for their teens before school starts. State education officials say parents know what’s best for their kids.


Montana Wildfire Update For July 22, 2021

New restrictions on campfires or smoking on public lands start Monday in parts of NW Montana. The Stage II restrictions come as the state faces a severe drought, more hot weather ahead and firefighting resources stretched thin.