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Montana wildfire roundup: Evacuations in Glacier National Park, huge smoke plume in southwest Montana

Most notably, evacuations were ordered in Glacier National Park after the lightning-sparked Howe Ridge fire "changed in fire behavior signi… Read more

Glacier National Park fires close west side to tourists, prompt evacuations and claim public and private buildings

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK – By 7 a.m. Monday, the daily procession of cars up Going-to-the-Sun Road was under way. But just beyond Apgar Village, motorists found their way blocked by a National Park Service SUV and ranger, who was turning them away from the road’s western segment. Read more

Photos: Scenes from the Yellowstone fires — then and now

Billings Gazette chief photographer Larry Mayer, who shot many of the photos of the Yellowstone National Park fires of 1988, went back to s… Read more

The trouble with backcountry toilets: More people are taking dumps, hiking up disposal costs

As more people hike, fish and camp on public land in southwestern Montana’s Custer Gallatin National Forest, a new problem has arisen — the cost of pumping waste out of vault toilets has more than doubled. Read more

'Fire shooting into the sky': Microburst may have damaged power poles that sparked West End fires

Continued investigation into far West End fires that sparked late Saturday night indicates that a microburst may have snapped power poles, … Read more