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September Is National Preparedness Month [AUDIO]

With wildfires in Montana and deadly floods in Colorado. Montanans are being reminded that September is National Preparedness Month.

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University of Montana School of Forestry Celebrates 100th Anniversary [AUDIO]

On September 8, 1914, the University of Montana School of Forestry opened with 25 students and one degree program. It has since grown to offer five undergraduate degrees, four academic minors, and three doctoral programs serving nearly 1,000 students.

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Flash Flood Watch for Lolo Creek Complex Area

The National Weather Service has called for a flash flood watch in the area of the Lolo Creek Complex fires due to rain and thunderstorms moving into Western Montana.

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Updated – Grass Fire Started by Lightning Hitting Power Line [AUDIO]

UPDATE - Saturday, August 31, 10:30 a.m.

According to a news release from the Missoula City Fire Department, the grass fire Friday night was caused by a lightning strike that struck a Northwest Energy power line. It appears that the lightning struck a cross member near the top of the pole and caught fire, dropping embers to the ground, catching the grass on fire.

The fire is estimated to be about 80 acres in size, and was 100% contained, however, crews will remain on the scene throughout the day to mop up any hot spots.

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Smoke From Weekend Fires Not Hazardous in Missoula [AUDIO]

Even though smoke from various fires burning in Western Montana, Idaho and Washington poured into the Missoula valley over the weekend, authorities with the Missoula County Health Department said conditions were not hazardous.

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West Mullan Fire Winding Down – Now 75% Contained [AUDIO]

The West Mullan fire that has been burning near Superior since July 14 is now on the downhill side, after nearly a thousand personnel worked the fire and over $7 million dollars has been spent.

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West Mullan Fire – Mandatory Evacuations Lifted – Fire Over 5,000 Acres [AUDIO]

Late Friday, fire officials, along with the Mineral County Sheriff's Department, lifted the mandatory evacuations around Superior where the West Mullan fire has now reached over 5,000 acres, but is now 30% contained.

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Thunderstorms – Heavy Rains Headed Towards Missoula [AUDIO]

Strong weather systems from the south will bring thunderstorms with lightning, gusty winds, small hail and heavy, soaking rains. National Weather Service forecaster Corby Dickerson said the weather will be both bad news and good news.

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Monday Lightning Storm Sparks Two Small Missoula-Area Fires [AUDIO]

The Western Montana sky exploded with lightning strikes and brief, heavy rains starting at about 6:00 a.m. Monday, as a summer storm swept through the Bitterroot, Missoula, and the Blackfoot areas. The lightning sparked at least two small fires.

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Interagency Fire Center in Missoula Answers Questions From National Press About Arizona Wildfire Disaster [AUDIO]

19 hotshot firefighters lost their lives on Sunday after being trapped in a raging wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona, located northwest of Phoenix. The crew was caught as the fire quickly changed direction and they were forced to deploy their portable fire shelters, but perished in the flames.

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Prescribed Burns Planned for Bitterroot National Forest Starting Tuesday [AUDIO]

Warmer weather is allowing the Bitterroot National Forest to continue it's spring prescribed burning program.

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Montana’s Fire Season Draws to a Close [AUDIO]

Montana’s fire season will officially end at midnight tonight.

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