The Montana Television Network and the Montana Community Foundation partnered to create the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund. On Saturday, September 23, MTN aired a one-hour special focusing on the 2017 fire season. The program included the need for more firefighters and highlighted the people and businesses affected by the summer’s fire season.

More than 4,000 firefighters have been involved in the battle against the fires this season. Two of them lost their lives fighting fires in western Montana. An estimated 1,295,959 acres have burned across Montana (as of September 20).

Last week, the fundraising drive caught the attention of Arthur Blank and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Co-founder of The Home Depot, Blank owns the Atlanta Falcons and the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch. They announced an additional $50,000 match. It started Friday evening and applies to any donation received from that point forward. The donation comes from the Guest Ranch Fund, an affiliate fund to the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

GIVE BY MAIL: Mail your check payable to the Montana Community Foundation, PO Box 1145, Helena, MT 59624-1145. Write “Montana Fire Relief Fund” in the memo line.

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