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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...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund now over $315,000

On Wednesday,the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund had received 25 new donations, representing $9,519.00. That brings the total number of contributions to 1,180 totalling $316,039.74. This includes an initial $50,000 in matching funds from the Montana Television...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund grows to $306K

Montana Television Network stations across the state have now raised $306,520.74 as part of their Montana Wildfire Relief Fund. This includes an initial $50,000 in matching funds from the Montana Television Network and its parent...

MTN Wildfire Relief Fund now over $300,000

HELENA- The MTN Montana Wildlife Relief Fund has now received over $300,000 in donations to help with wildfire relief. On Monday, 77 new donations had been made totaling $12,783.99. This brings the fund to $304,035.74. Currently, there is a generous...

Application process opens Oct. 9 for MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund

HELENA- The Montana Community Foundation and the Montana Television Network will open grant applications Oct. 9 for funds from the MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund. As of Sept. 28, more than $280,000 had been donated...

MTN Wildfire Relief Fund approaching $300K, $50K match underway

HELENA- The MTN Montana Wildlife Relief Fund is less than $10,000 away from reaching $300,000 raised to help wildfire relief. As of Saturday, Sept. 30, donations totaled $291,251.75.  More than 1,000 individual contributions have been...

New $50,000 match announced for MTN Montana Wildfire Relief fund

GREAT FALLS- MTN and the Montana Community Foundation have announced a new $50,000 match to the MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund. The money for the match has been generously donated by Carl and Kay Carbon...

Bozeman boy uses lemonade stand to raise money for wildfire relief

BOZEMAN - A nine-year-old Bozeman boy has opened a lemonade stand for a cause. Braden Matzinger, raised $187 for the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund through his lemonade stand at the last MSU Bobcats home football game. “I really just wanted...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund over $280,000

The Montana Wildfire Relief Fund has now raised almost $300,000. As of Thursday, the fund had received 44 new donations representing $5,843.51. The grand total stands at 986 donations and $283,196.75. This amount represents all...

Fire restrictions lifted for Helena and Great Falls areas

HELENA - Now that fire season is winding down, officials from the Northern Rockies Coordinating Group announced Thursday that, starting Friday, all fire restrictions within the Helena and Great Falls areas will be lifted. The notice...