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News Department:

news@mtpr.org

Missoula News:

Eric Whitney, News Director: 406-243-4075, @mtprnd

Edward O'Brien, Assistant News Director: 406-243-4065

Helena News:

Corin Cates-Carney, Capitol Reporter: 253-495-5193, @clccarney

Flathead News:

Nicky Ouellet, Flathead-area Reporter: 603-568-6155 or 406-730-2264, @nickydoesradio

  • The Flathead County Sheriff’s office Wednesday lifted all evacuation orders for the Hay Creek Fire near Polebridge.
  • The Pine Grove fire has triggered a state of emergency on the Fort Belknap reservation. Mandatory evacuations are in place for Pine Grove, Zortman and the surrounding area. Lodge Pole and Starhill are still under an evacuation warning. The good news: Rain and cooler temperatures are on their way to Montana.
  • The roughly 171,000-acre Richard Spring Fire south of Colstrip reached 65 percent contained over the weekend, up from 0 percent containment Friday. Some evacuation and pre-evacuation notices remain in effect in the area.
  • The roughly 166,000-acre Richard Spring Fire burning south of Colstrip across the Northern Cheyenne reservation is 0% contained as of Friday afternoon.
  • The roughly 165,000-acre Richard Spring Fire burning south of Colstrip across the Northern Cheyenne reservation is 0% contained as of Thursday afternoon. A previous update Wednesday listed the fire as 15% contained, but fire officials say that was an error.
  • The 150,000-acre Richard Spring Fire burning south of Colstrip across the Northern Cheyenne reservation is 15 percent contained as of Wednesday afternoon. Evacuations are in place for Ashland, Lame Deer, North Tongue River, Highway 212, Rabbit Town, St. Labre campus and the Amish community.
  • The Rosebud County Department of Emergency Services has issued an evacuation notice for the Ashland area due to the 63,000-acre Richard Spring Fire burning southwest of Colstrip. The fire is anticipated to burn to the south and east today through another 20,000 to 30,000 acres in Rosebud County.
  • A new fire over the weekend has torched roughly 1,300 acres near Absarokee, prompting fire officials on Sunday to evacuate nearby residents. The Trout Creek Fire in Stillwater County forced evacuations from the intersection of Stillwater Rd. and Spring Creek Rd, west to Sandy Dr., including Beehive, Midnight Canyon and Grove Creek Subdivisions.
  • In Meagher County Sunday an evacuation order was issued and then lifted for residents in the Grassy Mountain area due to the Woods Gulch Fire burning 16 miles northeast of Townsend. A section of Highway 12 was also briefly closed. As of 6:30 p.m., those evacuation orders, which had been issued an hour-and-a-half earlier., were rolled-back to a pre-evacuation warning. Highway 12 was also re-opened.
  • The Montana state health department's latest analysis of COVID-19 spread says case numbers over the last month are showing exponential growth. The latest epidemiological review of COVID in Montana was released this week.