An eclipse balloon team from Montana State University will head to Rexburg, Idaho on Saturday to prepare to livestream the total solar eclipse.
Fire information personnel say every variable lined up perfectly for major growth on the Lolo Peak Fire Wednesday night. It grew more than 3,700 acres since the Wednesday morning infrared flyover.
At points up and down Old Highway 93 people have been packing their belongings after evacuation orders and warnings.
Butte authorities are reporting an uptick this summer in property theft.
The Lolo Peak Fire in western Montana blew up overnight leading law enforcement officers to order the evacuation of up to 400 more homes west of the town of Lolo.