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Rain for Rent high-capacity pumps, pipes, and sprinklers headed for Lake McDonald Lodge to create a curtain of water if necessary, September 7, 2017.
Glacier National Park

With large fires burning across nearly 1.5 million acres nationwide and no end to the fire season in sight, fire management crews in Montana are starting to think outside the box.

"Part of the issue is that there are so many fires throughout the west that the regular kinds of pumps that firefighters use are all in use in other locations," says Diane Sine, a spokeswoman for the management team on the Sprague Fire that’s burning in Glacier National Park.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For September 7, 2017

Sep 7, 2017
Type 1 Chinook helicopter working to contain Nelson Creek fire.
Inciweb

Governor Steve Bullock Thursday asked FEMA for additional funding to fight the wildfires that have now burned over a million acres across the state.

Bullock sat down with Brock Long, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, Thursday, in Washington D.C.

On Thursday, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality held a public hearing on draft rules to oversee the disposal of radioactive oil waste in the state. 

Flathead Cross Country Meet Canceled Due To Wildire Smoke
Montana DEQ

A popular high school cross country meet in the Flathead has been canceled due to wildfire smoke. It’s not the only high school sport facing adverse impacts from poor air quality.

On Tuesday, the Trump administration rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, giving Congress six months to pass replacement legislation. But as illegal immigration is debated nationally, it’s also affecting a small community in northeastern Montana. 

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