Lolo National Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig says ‘Fire Season has come to Western Montana’, and he has two rapidly growing fires to prove it. The Butler Fire has doubled in size to over 80 acres in the last 24 hours as it burns a few miles from Frenchtown Pond.
The Missoula Fire Protection Association in conjunction with local wildland fire partners, the Missoula County Office of Emergency Management and the Missoula City-County Health Department have moved fire danger in Missoula County to VERY HIGH as of Monday, July 30th.
Recent lightning storms that brought an estimated 3500 lightning strikes in the Bitterroot National Forest area have resulted in at least nine new wildfires, as of Sunday afternoon. Forest spokesman Tod McKay says his office has received hundreds of calls from concerned people about seeing smoke in the forest, most of which are referring to the nine fires than have been confirmed.
After the official announcement that Mick Delaney signed a two-year contract to be head coach of the Montana Grizzlies football team, he took a moment to answer questions from reporters. Delaney fielded questions about players character. the fact that many out of state commentators have compared the situation at The University of Montana to that of Penn State, and even his age (70).
The ‘interim’ tag has officially been removed from Griz Football Coach Mick Delaney. The University of Montana announced Thursday morning that Delaney has signed a two-year contract and is now the official head coach of the Grizzlies. The announcement came at a press conference held in the Canyon Club, fittingly located inside Washington Grizzly Stadium. Interim Athletics Director Jean Gee made the announcement after a brief introduction by University of Montana President Royce Engstrom.
At a press conference held today Tuesday, July 26, The University of Montana announced that interim head Grizzly football coach Mick Delaney has signed a two-year contract. Thus, ending his interim designation.
At least one Missoula theater-goer was unfazed by the massacre of 12 people and the wounding of 70 others at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado early Friday morning. KGVO news spoke with several individuals heading towards the theater. One man commented that he had heard about the shootings, but said ‘it was an isolated incident’
Missoula Rural Fire responded to a 9-1-1 call of a structure fire at the Days Inn in Lolo at about 11:10 Thursday morning where smoke and flames were visible coming from the north side of the building and the roof. Firefighters were just wrapping up their work knocking down the fire at about 1:30 Thursday afternoon.
The 2012 Western Montana Fair is August 7th through the 12th and this year’s theme is ‘Ropin’, Ridin’ and Rememberin’, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Montana 4-H. Fair manager Steve Earle says this year’s fair will feature the Dock Dogs competition, where fair-goers can bring their dogs to compete in various contests.
National Weather Service forecaster Ryan Leach says Western Montana and Eastern Idaho experienced over a thousand lightning strikes from Sunday’s thunderstorms, however, he says Lake County felt the brunt of the storms.
Saturday evening at 6:40 a house fire was reported in the 9800 block of Butler Creek Road. Missoula County Sheriff’s Department spokesmen Jason Johnson says one man was killed in the fire, which Johnson says may have also involved an explosion of some type.
KGVO News learned from interim University of Montana Athletics Director Jean Gee on Friday that quarterback and running back Gerald Kemp is no longer on the Grizzly football team. Gee says Kemp was removed from the team for ‘violation of team rules’.
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