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Roaring Lion Fire
Eric Whitney

The Ravalli County Sheriff’s office confirmed that at least 14 homes have been lost in the Roaring Lion fire. They say that number may grow as they continue to visually check each property in the burn area. Specific addresses are being withheld until owners of all the lost homes can be notified individually.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 1, 2016

Aug 1, 2016
Roaring Lion Fire hours after it blew up on July 31, 2016.
inciweb

The latest news on wildfires around western Montana.

Governor Steve Bullock signed an executive August 01, 2016 promoting the work of his Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force.
Corin Cates-Carney

Governor Steve Bullock signed an executive order today promoting the work of his Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force. Bullock says his executive order aims to incentivize businesses who promote wage transparency.

A Red Flag warning is posted for the entire region from noon to 9:00 p.m. August 2, 2016.
Josh Burnham

The last thing western Montana firefighters need now is more hot, dry, windy weather. And yet that’s exactly what they’re going to get tomorrow as a cold front moves into western Montana. A red flag warning is posted for the entire region from noon to 9:00 p.m.

Montana U.S. House Candidates Announce Debate Schedule

Aug 1, 2016

  

The U.S. House candidates announced an agreement to face-off in a series of 4 debates in Montana.

The candidates agreed to debate in Frazer on the Fort Peck Reservation, Billings, and Great Falls.  The campaigns want to hold a debate on the Crow Reservation, but the details have yet to be finalized.

Corey Stapleton, Republican Candidate for Montana Secretary of State.
Corey Stapleton For Secretary of State of Montana

Because Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch is term-limited, Republican Corey Stapleton and Democrat Monica Lindeen will face each other in the general election to replace her.

Volunteer firefighters from the Flathead Valley walked a mile to raise money for reparis and equpment for the Smith Valley Fire Department's Foys Lake staion, which was damaged by arson fire on July 3.
Nicky Oullet

On the eve of the one of the most active days of the year for fire fighters in Montana, July 3, someone set fire to the Smith Valley Fire Department’s Foys Lake station outside of Kalispell.

Wildfire Burning Near Thompson Falls

Jul 31, 2016

A 200 acre fire is burning 8 miles east of Thompson Falls and a mile north of Highway 200 on the Plains-Thompson Ranger District. No structures are currently threatened by the Copper King Fire, but the fire is visible from Highway 200. Officials are asking motorists to avoid the area if possible, and not stop on the highway to view the fire.

Find the most current Montana wildfire news here. The wildfire roundups are updated throughout the day.

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