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Montana leaders won’t appeal FEMA denial of $44M in wildfire aid

(HELENA) State emergency managers say they won’t appeal the federal government’s decision to deny millions of dollars in additional aid to deal with Montana’s historic 2017 wildfire season. Gov. Steve Bullock sent a letter in...

Wildfire salvage projects underway

 MISSOULA - 700,000 acres burned on National Forest land in this summer’s wildfires, and there are plans now in place proposing to salvage about 30,000 of those acres, according to Julia Altemus, executive director of the...

Missoula forum spotlights impacts of wildfires

 MISSOULA - The 2017 wildfire season negatively affected people’s health and the economy in Western Montana. The Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an event Tuesday where researchers spoke with hundreds of Missoula-area residents with business...

Report: Feds turn down Montana’s $44M firefighting request

MISSOULA - Montana is on its own when it comes to paying the huge bill for last summer’s record wildfire season. In addition to the hundreds of millions of dollars in federal money spent to...

UM report details economic impact of 2017 fire season

MISSOULA- Most people suspected the 2017 fire season had a major impact on Montana's summer tourist season. A new report by researchers from the University of Montana shows the lost business was likely even more...

Montana firefighters head to Southern California

Montana volunteers are on the fire-lines this week in Southern California, helping to battle huge, wind-driven blazes. 54 Montana wildland firefighters and 16 wildland engines were dispatched to California from Montana Wednesday. The State of Montana...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund receives two anonymous donations totaling $40K

MONTANA - The Montana Wildfire Relief Fund received two anonymous donations this week for $40,000. In total, nine donations were received totaling $44,835.82. Since the launch in September, the fund has received 1,498 donations totaling $583,241.59. The fund is...

Wildfire recovery discussed at Helena workshop

HELENA - First responders, federal agencies, nonprofits and more came together on Friday for the Montana Wildfire Early Recovery Workshop. The Montana Community Foundation and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy hosted the event Friday as...

New post-fire recovery plan implemented after devastating fire season

MISSOULA - The summer of 2017 brought one of the hottest and driest fire seasons on record in the Northern Rockies. Regional Forester Leanne Marten saw the need for an accelerated approach to recover the post-fire...

Meyers fire may be out, but work continues near Philipsburg

PHILIPSBURG - Hundreds of people who were living in the woods dealt with Montana's worst fire season in decades, but now that the fires are out what happens in those forests? MTN's Chet Layman went...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund starts evaluating first grant applications

HELENA - The MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund is starting to evaluate applications, as it gets ready to award its first round of grants. The fund is a partnership between the Montana Television Network and...

House approves bill to speed logging to combat wildfires

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to deadly wildfires in California and the West, House Republicans on Wednesday passed a bill to allow faster approval for logging and other actions to reduce the risk of fire...

Legislative Fiscal Divison: 2017 firefighting costs most expensive in state history

HELENA- The Legislative Fiscal Division says the 2017 wildfire season is expected to cost the state $74.2 million. Wildfires in 2017 burned nearly 1.3 million acres. During the 2017 Legislative session, lawmakers budgeted $32.3 million to...

Winter burning projects planned for Central Montana

HELENA- The Forest Service has announced plans for a series of prescribed burns over the winter months southeast of Great Falls. The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest says a total of 800 acres may be...

Fire officials: weekend fire illustrates ongoing fire danger

HELENA- Fire season 2017 is alive and well in the Helena valley. More than 40 firefighters responded to a blaze sparked by a power line downed by a tree branch Sunday afternoon at the intersection...

UPDATE: Windstorm causes roughly 8 fires to grow in Flathead area

UPDATE (2:04 p.m.) -  Nicole Stickney, a spokeswoman with the DNRC Northwest Land Office, says a Type III Incident Management Team has been engaged for management and oversight of about eight fires locally. The team...

US, states struggle to pay spiraling cost of fighting fires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The long and brutal 2017 wildfire season is stressing the state and federal agencies that have to pay for the army of ground crews and machinery required to fight them. The...

Donations continue to come in for Montana Wildfire Relief Fund; over $450,000 raised

The MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund has raised over $450,000. The fund is a partnership between the Montana Television Network and the Montana Community Foundation. The goal of the fund is to help those most...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund tops $450,000; application process open

The MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund has crossed the $450,000 mark. The fund is a partnership between the Montana Television Network and the Montana Community Foundation. The goal of the fund is to help those...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund approaching $450,000

As of Tuesday, the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund had received 39 new donations totaling $18,331.50. Over the past month, donations have come in from people here in Montana and across the country. The Montana Wildfire Relief...

Application process for the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund now open

The application process for the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund is now open. Over the past month, with help from people here in Montana and across the country, the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund has received 1,252 donations totaling $424,128.04. The fund...

Post-fire assessment issued for Park Creek Fire burn area

HELENA - A burned area emergency response team has issued its assessment of post-fire conditions on the Park Creek Fire north of Lincoln. According to the report, about 30 percent of the burned area, just...

All wildfire closures lifted in Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

HELENA - Forest Service officials announced Friday that closures have been lifted across the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest as fire season comes to an end. Starting Friday all lands, trails and roads that were temporarily closed...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund over $420,000

On Friday the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund had received new 23 donations, representing $3,465.55. The fund has now received 1,230 individual donations totaling $421,825.29 which includes an initial $50,000 match from the Montana Television Network...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund receives new $50,000 donation

The Montana Wildfire Relief Fund received an anonymous donation of $50,000. The fund received 27 new donations as of Thursday representing $102,320.  That number includes the anonymous donation and the $50,000 match from Carl and Kay Carbon. The total amount raised for...