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Evening Newscast 07-27-17

Jul 27, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

As firefighters continue to battle the Sunrise Fire on Lolo National Forest, officials have been forced to evacuate about 30 homes near Superior.

The U.S. government has reversed its earlier decision to deny a request for aid to help pay for fighting Montana’s largest wildfire.

Frenchtown Rural Fire District and the Arlee Volunteer fire department were on the scene of a fire at Kelly’s Auto Salvage & Wrecker in Arlee.

Hundreds of people packed an auditorium in Helena Thursday to protest planned cuts to Medicaid.

Evening Newscast 07-26-17

Jul 26, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Mineral County Sheriff’s Office has issued an immediate evacuation order for residents of Sunrise and Quartz Flats due to the 27-hundred-acre Sunrise Fire. Residents in Quartz Creek remain under a stage two evacuation warning.

Evening Newscast 07-25-17

Jul 25, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana revenues have fallen far enough below projections to trigger a worst-case scenario of $97 million in spending cuts across state government starting as soon as next month.

The Lolo Peak Fire in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness is now estimated at 1,090 acres and zero percent containment.

Plans to build Montana's largest solar farm are in jeopardy after state regulators set contract terms the developer says is unworkable.

The Garfield County Sheriff is lifting the evacuations for property owners in the Lodgepole Complex Fire area as U.S. government officials reject Montana's request for aid in battling the wildfires.

Evening Newscast 07-24-17

Jul 24, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Thirty-four states have sent firefighters and other resources to Montana to help deal with the massive Lodgepole complex of fires that has already destroyed 12 homes in Garfield County.

An automatic state budget cut could pull tens of millions of dollars out of the state firefighting fund as early as tomorrow.

The Forest Service has called two public meetings to address concerns about the Lolo Peak Fire.

A University of Montana student was released today following a weeklong detention in Zhengzhou, a city in central China, after allegedly injuring a taxi driver.

Evening Newscast 07-21-17

Jul 21, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

There are now more large wildfires burning in Montana than any other state. At least 18 large fires are consuming both forests and grasslands in eastern and western Montana.

The Lolo Peak fire west of Florence is still relatively small at an estimated 249 acres, but tonight, management of it is being transferred to the highest level incident management team.

Montana's 60-million-dollar reserve fund to fight fires could be halved during what officials say could be an expensive fire season.

Montana's unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent in June.