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Bob Setzenfand

  • 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.
  • Cooler temperatures in Montana through the weekend are expected to lower fire activity. Forecasters say rain is expected to move into western Montana by Tuesday evening and head east by Wednesday. Up to an inch of rain is expected to fall in parts of the state, enough to dampen fires but not put them out.