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Montana Morning State News Headlines For Friday September 22, 2017

Scientists are saying Montana's climate is becoming warmer and drier, and are advising farmers to find ways to store water and grow more drought-resistant crops.

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Photo Courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor
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Drought in Montana Worst in 30 Years, ‘Extraordinary Swing’ in Just Four Months

While western Montana struggles with wildfire smoke pollution and multiple large fires, Eastern Montana is drying-up at a surprising rate

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Wildland Firefighter Killed Was Missoula Resident – MSU Student – State Headlines

19 year-old Trenton Johnson of Missoula was identified on Thursday as the victim of a wildfire fighting accident that occurred on Tuesday on a fire near Seeley Lake.

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More Than Half Of Montana Is Experiencing Some Level Of Drought, Federal Aid May Be Required

While conditions in Northwest Montana are abnormally dry, portions of eastern Montana are facing drought conditions they haven’t seen in over 50 years.

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Elevated Wildfire Risk

Drought-stricken northeast Montana has an elevated risk of wildfires, according to the National Weather Service.  Forecasts call for low humidity and high winds, meaning that fires will catch easier and are more likely to take off, spurring a Red Flag Warning from noon to 8 p...

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Wet Winter Pushes Montana From Severe Drought to Drenched

From not enough water to too much, a wet winter has changed Montana's drought story radically.

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Missoula County Officials Quietly Prepare For Emergencies

Missoula County Disaster and Emergency Services Director Adriane Beck chaired a public meeting this week to discuss what a team of officials had been planning for in the past four months.

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$50,000 Bond For Missoula Man Who Strangled Girlfriend – State Headlines

A Missoula man charged with aggravated assault appeared in justice court yesterday after allegedly beating and strangling his girlfriend. Bail was set at $50,000.

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Lake Mead At Historic Low Levels Amid Drought In West
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Montana Counties Designated ‘Natural Disaster Areas,’ Including Missoula – Governor Steve Bullock Responds [DOCUMENT]

Despite some much needed recent rain in the Missoula area, many Montana counties have been dubbed "natural disaster areas" due to severe drought conditions the state has faced in the past few weeks—Missoula being one of them.

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Fireworks Kills Billings Man – State Headlines [YouTube]

A Billings man was killed over the Fourth of July weekend in a fireworks accident.

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