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The Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park on August 21, 2018
Inciweb

A new Montana Free Press series is shedding a light on how policies of the past and present intersect with wildfire response. Amanda Eggert, a former wildland firefighter and freelance journalist, is writing the three-part series Living With Fire. Montana Public Radio’s Aaron Bolton spoke with her about the series.

A firefighter stands in front of flames from a wildfire.
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Scientists at the University of Montana have found that climate change is already reducing the ability of some forests in the western U.S. to bounce back after wildfire. Their findings are confirming a long-suspected change.

For the past three years, UM post-doc Kimberly Davis has looked at how ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forests regenerate after fire, and she’s made an eye-opening discovery.

Dangerously Cold Temperatures Forecast For Western Montana
National Weather Service Missoula

Missoula National Weather Service Meteorologist Corby Dickerson sums up Montana’s winter of 2018/2019 this way.

"We started off the winter a little slow, then we accelerated. And then this month of February, historic in many ways, has been like we just slammed on the gas pedal and said, 'What spring? What mid-winter thaw?'.

House for sale.
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Today we’re taking a look at housing prices in Montana. In our last story, we reported on how tariffs on Canadian and Chinese building supplies are driving up prices for new homes in Montana.

But there appears to be some downward pressure on prices for existing homes.

“Well, so things are starting to change,” says Brint Wahlberg, of the Missoula Organization of Realtors.

Wahlberg says the local median sales price is still holding strong at close to $290,000.

A firefighter carries a drip-torch during a previous controlled burn in the Bitterroot National Forest.
Bitterroot National Forest

Federal land managers are planning controlled burns in the Bitterroot and Blackfoot Valleys.

The Bitterroot National Forest is planning to start prescribed burning projects as early as this week, depending on weather. Fire managers plan to burn 2,200 acres this fall.

National Park Service

Update 9:45

Glacier National Park officials have expanded the evacuation order to include all businesses and private residences within the Lake McDonald Lodge complex, including the historic Lake McDonald Lodge. Visitors and employees were notified of the need to evacuate at around 9 PM. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed from Lake McDonald Lodge to Logan Pass.

A Bitterroot River fishing report outside Osprey Outfitters, a fly fishing shop in Hamilton.
Maxine Speier

New regulations to limit commercial guiding and float-fishing along the West Fork and Upper Bitterroot River will get a public hearing in Missoula Monday night. It's the first of three hearings Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is holding to get public feedback on the proposals.

On Saturday fish are rising to feed on the Bitterroot a short walk from downtown Hamilton. The river is teeming with fish - at about a thousand trout per mile, the Bitterroot holds many more fish than other rivers its same size. The valley is a well known blue ribbon fly-fishing destination.

But what do you do when a sport gets too popular?

Starting Monday night, a weather system will bring periods of moderate to heavy snow across western Montana and central Idaho.
National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys, as well as the Seeley-Swan and Lower Clark Fork regions beginning at 11:00 p.m. tonight.

Drummond resident Maretta McGowan voted for Donald Trump because he's a businessman
Courtesy Zachariah Bryan

Nationwide there was great surprise at the result of the presidential election, but in Montana Republican candidates for the White House are widely expected to win the state. And that happened. Donald Trump got just over 56 percent of the vote here, to Hillary Clinton's 36 percent.

Watch: Salish Honor Ancestors In Return To Homeland

Oct 23, 2016
On the 125th anniversary of the forced removal of the Salish from the Bitterroot, a group of Salish people and supporters honored their ancestors with a three-day walk returning to their homeland.
Courtesy Tailyr Irvine (www.tailyrirvine.com)

On the 125th anniversary of the forced removal of the Salish from the Bitterroot, a group of Salish people and supporters honored their ancestors with a three-day walk returning to their homeland.

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