Firefighters got some relief Tuesday as a cold front knocked temperatures 20 degrees below normal in Western Montana. According to the National Weather Service at least a half-inch of rain is expected along much of the Continental Divide with more cool weather extending through today or even into Thursday. That could be followed by two more cold fronts arriving over the weekend and early next week before a drying trend reestablishes itself in northwest Montana.
With firefighters being our first line of defense Secretary of the Interior Deb Halland and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack have announced the implementation of pay initiatives to recognize and support federal wildland firefighters by raising their pay to at least $15 an hour. Senator Steve Daines.