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Evening Newscast 08-29-17

Aug 29, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The list of areas evacuated, or in evacuation warning areas in Western Montana began ticking up at about noon today.

An abrupt change in wind direction on the almost 31,000 acre Rice Ridge Fire near Seeley Lake Monday triggered a new round of evacuations, forcing hundreds from their homes. A handful of evacuees wound up at the Red Cross Shelter at Missoula’s University Congregational Church. We spoke with two of them.

The  Lolo Peak Fire is in critical weather conditions today and could possibly turn extreme tomorrow. The forest is continuing to dry out and firefighters are watching out for spot fires that could appear in the area this afternoon during thunderstorms from the southwest.

Evening Newscast 08-28-17

Aug 28, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he wants to speed up a proposal to block new gold mining claims on forested public land near Yellowstone National Park and will consider blocking other types of mining.

The Missoula Police Department took a report this morning from a man claiming he’d just shot someone in a downtown apartment and was holding several hostages.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's dormant campaign committee recently sold a motorhome at a steep discount to a Montana legislator. The sale is prompting questions because it was sold for just half its apparent $50,000 market value.

Evening Newscast 08-25-17

Aug 25, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Gallatin county attorney says he won't release a mug shot of Republican Representative Greg Gianforte that was taken today when he was booked and fingerprinted after pleading guilty to assaulting a reporter in May.

An aggressive aerial assault Thursday saved numerous homes and held a lightning-caused fire south of Helena to just 76 acres.

Montana officials say they recently discovered dead fish in the Yellowstone River and are waiting on test results to know if they were killed by the same parasite that killed thousands of fish last year.

Evening Newscast 08-24-17

Aug 24, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A mandatory evacuation order is in place for residents southwest of Helena on Holmes Gulch Road and Martinez Gulch Road. There’s also a pre-evacuation advisory for the South Hills area. There will be a community meeting at 8 tonight at the Montana City fire station number 1.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today recommended boundary revisions for some national monuments, after being directed to review them by President Donald Trump in April. He gave those recommendations to the President, but did not release details.

Evening Newscast 08-23-17

Aug 23, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A couple of days of calm weather has blanketed much of Western Montana in thick smoke, but a cold front is moving in.

The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a verdict and fine against a former state legislator who took illegal corporate contributions.

A judge has ruled a small population of grizzly bears in Montana and Idaho near the Canadian border can be considered endangered.

A company behind a private Montana resort community in Big Sky has paid the state more than $90,000 in penalties.

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