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Evening Newscast 08-31-17

Aug 31, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Officials say a wildfire burning south of Havre that started Sunday has destroyed five cabins, five other structures and is threatening another 130 buildings.

A Montana man is facing felony charges after reportedly driving through a wildfire checkpoint and nearly hitting a Montana National Guard member with his pickup.

Across Montana today, firefighters are scrambling to keep up with dozens of new fire starts in the last 24 hours.

An FBI investigation has concluded that a woman who reported being kidnapped at a Montana rest stop and was found dead in the trunk of her car in Spokane, Washington, killed herself.

The number of Montana National Guard troops deployed on wildfires in the state will roughly triple by the end of this weekend.

Evening Newscast 08-30-17

Aug 30, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag warning for dangerous fire weather conditions at 1:00 this afternoon across much of Montana until nine tomorrow evening.

The Alice Creek fire has moved to within a mile of homes outside Augusta.

Hill County commissioners ordered an evacuation this afternoon for the Sucker Creek area of Beaver Creek Park in Hill County, extending east to Rocky Boy’s reservation and west to Blaine County.

Governor Steve Bullock’s office said today that state agencies must cut their budgets an additional 10 percent, in order to avoid a $227 million budget shortfall within two years.  

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.