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Evacuees check in with Missoula County Sheriff's Department Staff in Lolo Wednesday night
Eric Whitney

Late Night Evacuation For Hundreds Near Lolo Peak Fire

Update: 9:50: This from the Missoula County Sheriff's Office: "Due to the recent fire activity, evacuation passes need to be postponed until further notice.

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Sudden Droughts And Wildfires Are A Vision Of Montana's Future, Says State Climatologist

Sudden Droughts And Wildfires Are A Vision Of Montanas Future, Says State Climatologist If you’re wondering what climate change will look like in Montana, state climatologist Kelsey Jencso says take a look outside. “This is certainly what the future may look like,” he says.

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Moving Toward The Light From 'The Underworld'

Master storyteller Kevin Canty returns with "The Underworld," a lyrical, haunting novel about a hardscrabble small town in Idaho and the disaster that comes to define it. Inspired by a disastrous mine fire in the early 1970s, "The Underworld" gracefully imagines a community shattered, and ultimately altered and rebuilt, by tragedy.

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Evacuees check in with Missoula County Sheriff's Department Staff in Lolo Wednesday night
Eric Whitney

Update: 9:50: This from the Missoula County Sheriff's Office: "Due to the recent fire activity, evacuation passes need to be postponed until further notice.

Fry Street Quartet plays live on Montana Public Radio, August 7, 2017.
Josh Burnham

The Fry Street Quartet joined us in Studio B August 7, 2017 to preview their performances at Festival Amadeus, and play some music live on the air.  Sit in with the quartet as they play the second movement of Haydn's "Sunrise Quartet" live on Montana Public Radio

Tired of smokey eyes from smokey skies? The Psychedelic Circus rolls onto the airwaves of Montana Public Radio Friday night from 10 p.m. to midnight to take your mind off the heat and summer smoke.  Psychedelic musical gems will transport you to clear skies and cleanse your aura in preparation for the coming eclipse. 

Join Joan Richarde and Doc Sandoz, on your radio or online Friday August 18, 2017 at 10 p.m. for a rollicking romp through psychedelic music from the classic years: 1967-1973.  Let our Psychedelic Soundtrack take you on the journey to the center of your mind!

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Master storyteller Kevin Canty returns with "The Underworld," a lyrical, haunting novel about a hardscrabble small town in Idaho and the disaster that comes to define it. Inspired by a disastrous mine fire in the early 1970s, "The Underworld" gracefully imagines a community shattered, and ultimately altered and rebuilt, by tragedy.

The Lolo Peak Fire plume seen from Florence The Lolo Peak Fire plume seen from Florence about 8:00 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2017.8:00 pm Wednesday night
Eric Whitney

There’s a new evacuation order in the Lolo and Traveler’s Rest area issued by the Missoula County Sheriff's Office.

This is an evacuation order, not a warning, that includes portions of the Highway 93 and Highway 12 corridors.

Inciweb

Montana's firefighting fund could run dry by the end of the week, the state's budget director acknowledged Wednesday, forcing officials to draw money from emergency reserves to keep crews and equipment on the front lines of the worst collection of wildfires in the U.S.

This massive Black Hawk chopper is on loan from the Montana National Guard as part of the resource-sharing enabled by a state of fire emergency declared by Governor Steve Bullock last month.
Nicky Ouellet

In the past week alone, firefighters in northwest Montana attacked more than 40 small wildfires, and there’s no end in sight for this summer’s active fire season. But, firefighters are about to get some big help.

"That is the Black Hawk coming in right there," says Wyatt Frampton.

Montana's Firefighting Fund Running On Empty

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Montana is spending over a million dollars a day fighting wildfires. These are Goat Creek and Sliderock fires, July 23, 2017.
Inciweb

Montana's firefighting fund will run dry by the end of the week, forcing state officials to begin drawing money from emergency reserves to keep crews and equipment on the front lines of the country's worst collection of wildland fires.

As of today, more than $168 million of mostly federal money has gone into battling about 80 large fires that have charred more than 400,000 acres statewide.

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“This has been a difficult year," Democratic Governor Steve Bullock says. "By some estimates our fire seasons are now about 78 days longer than they were two decades ago.”
Credit Nate Hegyi / YPR

State climatologist Kelsey Jencso says what folks are seeing this summer -- extreme fires, sudden droughts, snowpacks melting quickly -- may be a vision of Montana’s future.

All three members of Montana’s congressional delegation have now commented on the events in Charlottesville.

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