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Forecasters predict “above normal” fire season in Northern Rockies

MISSOULA - There are more indicators we’re heading for an “above normal” fire season in Western Montana again later this summer. Last year’s epic fire season burned hundreds of thousands of acres, especially in west-central...

Stay safe during Montana’s open burning season

MISSOULA - Open burning season in Montana continues and it's important to pay attention to the weather and winds before igniting a burn. MTN News spoke with Hamilton Fire Chief and Ravalli County Fire Warden...

Montana loses hundreds of millions in tourist spending due to fires

MISSOULA - New research from the University of Montana confirms the state may have lost nearly $250 million in tourism revenue because of last year's accelerated fire season That's among the findings of the latest...

New plan updates areas of Missoula County at highest risk from wildfire

 MISSOULA - A new risk map suggests the Upper Clark Fork Valley from Bonner to Clinton -- as well as areas west of Lolo -- still have a "very high" risk of burning in...

Spring prescribed burn projects planned across Helena forests

HELENA - The Lewis and Clark National Forest has released their prescribed burn projects. The Helena and Townsend Ranger Districts are preparing to implement prescribed burn projects in and around the Helena and Townsend areas. Prescribed...

Margaret DeMarco receives International Association of FireFighters media award

 GREAT FALLS - Great Falls Fire Rescue on Monday presented KRTV reporter Margaret DeMarco with the International Association of FireFighters 2017 Media Award in the 'Best Television News Story' category. The award highlights Margaret's work...

Greasy rags spark Billings kitchen fire

BILLINGS - The spontaneous ignition of greasy rags caused $15,000 damage to a Billings arcade Sunday morning, Billings firefighters said. Firefighters responded to the kitchen blaze at Bones Arcade, 1425 Broadwater Ave., at 7:30 a.m....

Seeley Lake comes together for reflection at Rice Ridge Fire meeting

 SEELEY LAKE - It was a long summer in Seeley Lake, as the Rice Ridge Fire filled the air with smoke and sparked multiple evacuation orders in August and September of 2017. During a Wednesday...

Land management opportunities appear in wake of wildfires

MISSOULA - The damage from 2017’s wildfires has created opportunities in the off season as private landowners are looking to keep their property from being destroyed. Zachary Bashoor’s young land management company found its niche...

Montana Television Network and Montana Community Foundation Distribute $600,000 from Montana Wildfire Relief Fund

The Montana Television Network (MTN) and the Montana Community Foundation (MCF) announce the distribution of more than $600,000 in grants from the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund. The fund originated as a partnership between the two...

Firefighters respond to flames at Helena Industries

HELENA - Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a fire to break out Thursday night at the Helena Industries Thrift Store. The Helena Fire department arrived on scene to the intersection of Cedar...

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...