Nate Hegyi

Nate is UM School of Journalism reporter. He reads the news on Montana Public Radio three nights a week.

Lodgepole Complex Fire Managers

The nation’s biggest wildfire may be fully contained within a week.

According to Rick Connell, incident commander for the Lodgepole Complex fire in eastern Montana, everything is “looking pretty good.”

Nate Hegyi

Brie Ripley interviews YPR reporter Nate Hegyi who is onsite at the Lodgepole Complex fire, the largest wildfire in the country at 353 sq. miles.

Greater Eagle Fire Department

The largest wildfire in the nation burns right now in Montana, and it's the size of New York City. The 353 square mile Lodgepole Complex fire is burning in Garfield and Petroleum counties of eastern Montana.

Montana Senator Steve Daines earlier this year.
Jackie Yamanaka

Two years would be too long for an Affordable Care Act replacement plan, according to Montana Senator Steve Daines.

After the Senate’s attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act collapsed last night, Republicans came up with a different plan: repealing Obamacare and replacing it within the next two years. But that idea failed on Tuesday afternoon. 

In an interview with Yellowstone Public Radio Tuesday morning, Daines said he would support a bill repealing Obamacare, but he would want a replacement plan in action as soon as possible.

Eduardo Garcia and Jennifer Jane the morning after his hand was amputated.
Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story

The Montana-based producers of the movie “Unbranded” have a new documentary opening at the Babcock Theater in Billings this Thursday.

It’s called “Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story” and it's about a man who was struck with 2,400 volts of electricity and survived.

Wildfire Update
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Around 35 residents have been told to evacuate due to a fire near the town of Roundup.

“We have evacuated the community of North Delphia, or the Delphia Pine subdivision, and we have set up a shelter with the Red Cross at the Roundup Community center,” says Adam Carlson, the Musselshell County Disaster and Emergency Services coordinator.

Between Havre and Box Elder along hwy 87 looking south at the Bear's Paw Mountains. [ROCKY BOY'S]
Matt Lavin / Flickr

Dustin White, the Chippewa-Cree tribal water director, says it is one of the worst water shortages he’s ever seen on the Rocky Boy's reservation.

“I’m at the mercy of the weather right now,” White says.

Within two weeks, as many as 3,000 people could run out of water as relentless hot temperatures, a drought and a failed water storage tank cause water supplies to fall to critically low levels near the town of Box Elder in north-central Montana. 

Montana Senator Steve Daines
Jackie Yamanaka

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today the Senate will delay their August recess.

This is the first time in over 20 years that the Senate has stalled in taking their five-week-long summer break.

A group of Montana individuals and organizations is suing to stop a list of rights for crime victims, known as Marcy’s Law, from going into effect in the state on July 1.

Montana voters passed Marcy’s Law last November.

Three months after a predator-killing cyanide trap sickened a teenage boy in Idaho and killed his dog, the federal government is launching an expanded review of the devices.

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