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Public comment opens on Rice Ridge Fire salvage proposal

SEELEY LAKE - Lolo National Forest managers are beginning to take comment on plans to salvage several thousand acres of timber from last summer's massive Rice Ridge Fire. The lightning-caused fire scorched over 160,000 acres...

Western Montana firefighters helping battle Colorado wildfire

MISSOULA- Twenty firefighters from the Stevensville and Darby/Sula Ranger Districts, Bitterroot Helitack, and Trapper Creek Job Corps were sent to Colorado over the weekend to help with new fires there. They are expected to...

FEMA denies Montana’s request for disaster declaration, $15M in wildfire aid

HELENA - State emergency managers say the federal government has again denied their request for millions of dollars in additional aid to deal with Montana’s historic 2017 wildfire season. Federal Emergency Management Agency leaders rejected...

Area burned by July Fire last summer set to re-open

GREAT FALLS - The area burned by the July Fire in Phillips County last summer will reopen for public use on May 11, according to a press release from the Bureau of Land...

Billings company develops new technology to help firefighters track toxic clouds

 BILLINGS - A Billings company has developed a faster way for first responders to track clouds of toxic gases during an accident, and they’re working with city firefighters to test it. Diamond B Technology Solutions...

Homeowners work to reduce risk of wildfires

 HELENA - With spring in full bloom, now's the time that homeowners think about all the projects we need to start outside. Fire prevention experts say it's also the time to start projects that'll keep...

Tips to protect your home during fire season

HELENA - It will likely be a long time before people forget the 2017 fire season in the Tri-County area and with the warm weather on the way, a new fire season is ahead. While...

Missoula Rural Fire Department offers advice for controlled burn safety

MISSOULA - March 1 ushered in the controlled burn season in Missoula, and fire crews have already been busy. The Missoula Rural Fire department is offering advice on how to stay safe and keep your...

Long Range forecast hints at above average MT fire season

 MISSOULA - With cool and wet conditions throughout the winter and early spring, the Northern Rockies fire season is not a top of mind talking point, but as last year showed, fire season can...

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...