Montana News

Fire at ExxonMobil Refinery in Montana Under Investigation

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The cause of an explosion and fire at an ExxonMobil refinery in southern Montana is under investigation, company officials said Sunday. The fire began at about 10 p.m. Saturday at a refinery in Lockwood, a suburb …

Wind-Pushed Fires Burning Near Great Falls, Browning, Denton

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Fires pushed by strong winds burned east of Browning, south of Great Falls and north of Stanford on Wednesday, leading to some evacuations and temporary road closures, while other areas of Montana reported record high …

7 Passengers on Derailed Train Sue Amtrak, BNSF Railway

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An Illinois law firm filed lawsuits Monday against Amtrak and BNSF Railway on behalf of seven passengers who were on an Amtrak train when it derailed in north-central Montana late last month, killing three and injuring …

In Rural Montana, its All-Hands-on-Deck After Derailment

CHESTER, Mont. (AP) — Trevor Fossen was running late for a wedding Saturday afternoon when he turned onto a dusty, gravel road in rural Montana as a westbound train approached the crossing in front of him. The train never made …

Investigators Probe Deadly Amtrak Derailment in Montana

JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — A team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board was at the site of an Amtrak derailment in north-central Montana that killed three people and left seven hospitalized Sunday, officials said. The westbound Empire Builder …

Multiple Injuries After Amtrak Train Derails in Montana

JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — Multiple people were injured Saturday when an Amtrak train that runs between Seattle and Chicago derailed Saturday afternoon in north-central Montana, the train agency said. The Empire Builder train derailed at 4 p.m. near Joplin, a …

Wildfire Bears Down on Montana Towns as West Burns

LAME DEER, Mont. (AP) — A wildfire bore down on rural southeastern Montana towns Thursday as continuing hot, dry weather throughout the West drove flames through more than a dozen states. Several thousand people in Montana remained under evacuation orders …

Huge California Fire Grows; Montana Blaze Threatens Towns

GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP)– California’s largest single wildfire in recorded history continued to grow after destroying nearly 550 homes while authorities in Montana ordered evacuations as a wind-driven blaze roared toward several remote communities. The dangerous fires are among some 100 …

Fire Near Montana Lake Destroys Homes, Triggers Evacuations

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire destroyed more than a dozen homes, outbuildings and other structures around northwestern Montana’s Flathead Lake after the flames jumped over a state highway, authorities said Sunday Evacuations had been ordered by the Finley …

Five Firefighters Injured While Fighting Montana Wildfire

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Five firefighters were injured when a thunderstorm and swirling winds in central Montana blew a lightning-caused wildfire back on them, federal officials said Friday. All five remained in medical facilities and were still being evaluated and …