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the 2017 Rice Ridge Fire near Seeley Lake
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Why There's Only $4 Million In Montana's Firefighting Fund

The State’s fire fighting savings account started this month with the second lowest balance since it was created a decade ago. There’s only about $4 million in the fund’s reserves for this fire season. That’s about a fifth of what the state needs to cover an average fire season bill.

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The Original Stage at the Montana Folk Festival in Butte, July 14, 2018.
Josh Burnham

Watch: 2018 Montana Folk Festival

Butte, Montana is known as the "Richest Hill on Earth," and this weekend its cultural riches were on display at the Montana Folk Festival. Miss the fun? Listen to the archives of MTPR's live broadcast from the original stage [ Friday , Saturday ] and see videos and pics from this weekend.

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Greek Yogurt And Chili Peppers: A Surprising Twist On Cornbread

The Food Guys create a bold and delicious cornbread recipe, great to accompany a good chili dish .

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Josh Burnham

The Kootenai National Forest is slated to start five salvage timber sales in areas that burned last year, and one more is pending.

Cattle.
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The Montana Department of Livestock is moving forward with a plan to more than double the number of counties that require vaccinating cattle against brucellosis.

Montana Stockgrowers Association spokesperson Kori Anderson says, "The only concern we have as an organization is the financial implications that could go along with this expansion."

Kathleen Williams.
Olga Kreimer

The Democrat challenging Greg Gianforte for Montana’s seat in the U.S. House criticized President Trump Tuesday for his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin the day before.

Kathleen Williams joined all three members of Montana’s congressional delegation in rebuking the President.

The Zulu fire is burning north of Libby in the Zulu Creek area.
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The Zulu fire that it is believed lightning started Sunday in the Kootenai National Forest north of Libby expanded to 20 acres today.

Forest spokesman Willie Sykes tells the Flathead Beacon about 80 firefighters and several aircraft are fighting the fire. No structures are threatened.

Screenshot from website publicized by Matt Rosendale on Monday, July 16, 2018.
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Montana U.S. Senate candidates Matt Rosendale and Jon Tester are trading barbs over congressional confirmations.

Monday morning Rosendale, the Republican challenger, publicized a new website he created hammering Democrat Tester for opposing judicial nominees put forward by President Trump.

Montana DNRC helicopter used to fight wildfires.
Corin Cates-Carney

The Flathead Beacon is reporting that a 10 acre wildfire started on the Kootenai National Forest Sunday, 23 miles north of Libby, and is still burning Monday.

Reportedly caused by lightning, the Zulu fire doesn’t threaten any structures. At least one helicopter has been dispatched to suppress the flames.

Glacier National Park Entrance At St. Mary
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Glacier National Park lifted restrictions on tent campers today in the Many Glacier Campground.

Authorities placed a temporary ban on soft-sided campers and tents on June 30 after a 150 pound grizzly bear entered the campground and forced two campers who were cleaning fish to deploy bear spray.

Montana capitol, Helena.
William Marcus

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican lawmakers failed to get enough support to call a special session to consider referenda to counter two proposed ballot initiatives.

The Original Stage at the Montana Folk Festival in Butte, July 14, 2018.
Josh Burnham

Butte, Montana is known as the "Richest Hill on Earth," and this weekend its cultural riches were on display at the Montana Folk Festival. Miss the fun? Listen to the archives of MTPR's live broadcast from the original stage [Friday, Saturday] and see videos and pics from this weekend.

the 2017 Rice Ridge Fire near Seeley Lake
Inciweb

The State’s fire fighting savings account started this month with the second lowest balance since it was created a decade ago.

There’s only about $4 million in the fund’s reserves for this fire season. That’s about a fifth of what the state needs to cover an average fire season bill.

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