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Leo Dutton

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton addresses a public meeting on the North Hills Fire Friday, July 31, 2019
Corin Cates-Carney

Update to our story filed Wednesday night:

Montana authorities say a the North Hills Fire burning north of Helena is no longer threatening homes and all evacuation orders are being lifted.

Lewis and Clark County sheriff's officials said today all residents will be allowed home in the afternoon. The roads to public areas, including Black Sandy State Park and the White Sandy campground, are expected to re-open by the evening.

North Hills fire briefing at the Helena Valley Community Center Monday, July 29
Corin Cates-Carney

Updated 4:50 p.m.

A little after 4 p.m. the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s office Facebook page announced a new evacuation due to a new wildfire for the Beaver Creek area near Nelson. It says a roadblock is in place at the York Bar preventing traffic from traveling north. Travel is still permitted east toward Vigilante Campground.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's department vehicle.
Josh Burnham

A Lewis and Clark County sheriff's deputy responding to a request for a welfare check on a suicidal man ended with the deputy shooting and killing the man.

Montana Department of Corrections

Tough decisions about state budget cuts are on the table before lawmakers in Helena Wednesday and Thursday. They’re facing a $282 million revenue shortfall.

A state agency facing some of the steepest budget cuts is Corrections, which stands to lose about $40 million.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For July 5, 2016

Jul 5, 2016
A firefighter looks on as trees burn in the Pole and Fine fires near Ennis, Montana July 3, 2016.
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The latest news on wildfires burning around western Montana.

Fifteen miles outside the town of Lincoln, members of several "constitutionalist" groups including the "Oath Keepers" say they’ve helped prevent a confrontation between several miners and the U.S. Forest Service. The Lincoln County Sheriff contends there was no risk of a confrontation to start with.