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Free Beer & Hot Wings: This Is Why You Don’t Flick Lit Cigarettes Out the Car Window (Video)

So, to all you smokers out there, you should heed this warning: Do not flick lit cigarettes out the car window while driving!

Why? Well, here's why.

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Fire Guts Garage Near Southgate Mall

A column of smoke could be seen rising above Missoula Yesterday near Southgate Mall. Missoula City Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Brandt says crews were called out to a structure fire on Schilling Street at about 9:00 a

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Missoula Rural Fire Department Responds to Out of Control Burn Up Pattee Canyon

What was a controlled burn quickly turned into an out of control fire Thursday in the 5000 block of Pattee Canyon Road in Missoula.

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Howard Johnson Hotel
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Fire Breaks Out at Howard Johnson Motel in Missoula

At around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Missoula Fire Department responded to a fire at the Howard Johnson Motel on Brooks Street.

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Missoula and Clinton Rural Fire Districts Respond to Structure Blaze on East Mullan Road

Update 3 p.m.: According to reports from the scene, the structure fire as been extinguished. It appears that the exterior of the one-story home that was on fire is mostly intact. Firefighter crews are still on the scene with personnel working inside the home.

A structure fire near Clinton drew the response of firefighters from the Missoula Rural Fire Department and the Clinton Rural Fire District this afternoon, Thursday, Nov. 7.

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Missoula County Fire Danger Level Drops

Although the official end of fire season doesn't kick in until the end of September, there is good news on the firefighting front in Missoula.

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Lightning Near Lolo fire September 2013
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Miller Creek Fire Likely to be Fully Contained by Tuesday Night

Update 1 p.m. 9/17- Though the Miller Creek fire is still burning, wet weather and cold temperatures today have helped firefighters make quick work of the blaze.

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Missoula Transient Charged With Starting Fire Near Mount Sentinel [AUDIO]

A Missoula area transient is in custody Wednesday morning, September 11, after allegedly starting a fire near the Kim Williams Trail at the base of Mount Sentinel.

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Missoula County Fire Danger Drops From ‘Extreme’ to ‘Very High’

A change in the weather has also changed the fire danger level for Missoula County.

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Montana National Guard Deploys to Missoula, First Fire Related Deployment in 2013

About 110 Montana National Guard soldiers are being deployed to help firefighting efforts in western Montana. This is the first fire related deployment of 2013.

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Employee Dies After Missoula Auto Body Shop Explosion [AUDIO]

An employee of a Missoula auto body shop, who was injured in an explosion and fire when a spark ignited fumes from lacquer thinner, has died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was identified as Bruce Hall, 44.

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Highway 12 Closed – Homes Evacuated Due to Rapid Growth of Schoolhouse and West Fork 2 Fires [AUDIO]

UPDATE 4:15 p.m. Monday, August 19

Mandatory evacuations are in effect in the Bear Creek area as two fires, the School House and the West Fork 2, are combining to burn hundreds of acres and send smoke billowing up over Blue Mountain raining ash on homes in Lolo and into Missoula.

Missoula County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer paige Pavalone said at about 4 p.m. Monday, that deputies were contacting residents in the path of the fires to leave their homes immediately.

"We're asking people if they're asked by a deputy to evacuate, to leave their homes right away, recover their animals and leave as quickly as possible," Pavalone said.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office Facebook page has a minute-by-minute update of areas that are under evacuation. Just moments ago, the notice was posted that Bear Creek, Elk Meadows, Lolo Creek Campground, Sleeman Creek and Thayer Road have been advised to evacuate, and that the Lolo Elementary School has been opened as a place for evacuees to gather.

There will be a special meeting for residents in the area at the Travelers' Rest State Park at 6 p.m. Monday.
Paige Pavalone

The smoke billowing above Missoula on Monday, August 19 comes mostly from the Schoolhouse Fire, currently burning about nine miles west of Lolo.

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