Evening Newscast: Thursday, September 7

A popular high school cross country meet  in the Flathead has been canceled due to wildfire smoke.

As fires continue to rage, some in Montana are calling for fundamental changes in government forest management policies; that sentiment is being echoed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.



Montana Gov. Steve Bullock asked the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency today to make it easier for the state to request wildfire assistance.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has allowed a company to resume transporting toxic sludge from Wyoming to Utah after spills last year halted the operation.

A Montana judge reversed the state Commissioner of Political Practices' decision that found that the Fish, Wildlife and Parks department violated ethics laws.

Vast stands of dead timber in the Western U.S. have forced firefighters to shift tactics, trying to stay out of the shadow of lifeless, unstable trees that could come crashing down with deadly force.


Montana's Department of Agriculture is asking ranchers who received donated hay after a large fire or ongoing drought to keep an eye out for noxious weeds.