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Montana author of “Land on Fire” talks wildfires

BILLINGS - Montana author Gary Ferguson made a stop at the Billings Public Library last weekend to speak about his new book, "Land on Fire" and share his perspective about this year's wildfire season. Over 50,000 fires...

Costs from major natural disasters can stress state budgets

ATLANTA (AP) — A summer of natural catastrophes, from epic hurricanes to scorching wildfires, has exposed another peril in disaster-prone states: How to pay for the rescues, repairs and rebuilding. The combined tab from Hurricanes...

Fire officials: Just because it snowed doesn’t mean fire season is over

HELENA - There might be snow on Mount Helena Friday, but local fire officials are warning that Montana's fire season isn't over yet. As the rain mixed with snow fell for the second day in...

Work begins to restore Sperry Chalet building damaged by fire

WEST GLACIER - U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced on Friday that Glacier National Park has begun stabilization work at the Sperry Chalet dormitory building to prepare for winter. On Aug. 31, the building...

Evacuations lifted for Strawberry Creek Fire, Lake Frances reopens

GREAT FALLS - On Thursday, evacuation notices for residents affected by the Strawberry Creek Fire were lifted and Lake Frances reopened. According to Pondera County officials, all roads are open except Swift Dam Road, which remains closed...

Fire Officials: Snow fall covers the entire area of the Alice Creek Fire

HELENA - Thursday brought relief to weary firefighters as rain fell over the Alice Creek Fire area, with snow falling throughout the night. The entire fire area was covered in snow as of Friday morning,...

Rain prompts sheriff to lift evacuation orders for Alice Creek Fire

HELENA - A storm moving in has brought heavy rain prompting the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office to lift evacuation orders for the Alice Creek Fire. Sheriff Leo Dutton said his office spoke with fire...

Forest Service spends record $2B battling forest fires

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion battling forest fires around the country — a new record as wildfires blacken the American West in one of the nation's worst...

Some evacuations lifted near Meyers Fire

PHILIPSBURG - A mandatory evacuation order in the Moose Lake area near the Meyers Fire has been lifted. However, the Frog Pond area is still under a mandatory evacuation order. The Billie Springer Memorial and Bonanza subdivisions...

Final evacuation order lifted for Sapphire Complex Fire

ROCK CREEK - The final evacuation order issued for the Sapphire Complex Fire has been lifted. Fire managers reported that all evacuation orders for Upper Rock Creek Road are no longer in place. The Sapphire Complex...

Mandatory evacuations lifted near West Fork Fire

LIBBY - There's some good news for some residents who have been forced from their homes by the West Fork Fire near Libby. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday evening that the mandatory evacuation orders...

Incoming rain could mean the beginning of the end for Lolo Peak Fire

MISSOULA - The long-awaited end to fire season appears to finally be near. With a wet weather system knocking on the door, and another following shortly behind, we can finally breathe a sigh of relief....

Officials warn residents of flash flooding near July Fire

GLASGOW - Officials are warning residents near the July Fire to be alert for the possibility of flash flooding. The Bureau of Land Management Office for the Montana and Dakotas said if the forecasted amount of...

Evacuation warning issued for Apgar Village, West Glacier

KALISPELL - Authorities have issued an evacuation warning for Apgar Village and West Glacier due to the Sprague Fire. A predicted weather change later Wednesday, and its potential effects on fire behavior has prompted the...

Sheriff lifts one evacuation order for Alice Creek Fire

HELENA - Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton lifted one of the evacuation orders Wednesday afternoon for the Alice Creek Fire. The Sheriff's Office coordinated with the incident management team of the Alice Creek...

Montana issues statewide air quality warning

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Quality Alert for the entire state due to wildfire smoke from nearby fires. This is scheduled to be in effect until 9 a.m. Thursday. Air quality is...

Zinke directs more aggressive approach to prevent wildfires

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday directed all land managers and park superintendents to be more aggressive in cutting down small trees and underbrush to prevent wildfires as the smoke-choked West...

Growth at Highway 200 Complex Fire prompts evacuations

PLAINS - Increased activity on the Highway 200 Complex Fires means more residents have to leave their homes on Tuesday. The evacuations affect residents in the area of the Sheep Gap Fire in Sanders County,...

Fires threaten ranches and homes along Rocky Mountain Front

The Strawberry Fire grew quickly on Monday night, but a change in wind direction helped slow that growth on Tuesday. The lightning-sparked fire was reported on Aug. 25, and as of Wednesday morning, it has...

State, federal officials briefed on Rice Ridge Fire

SEELEY LAKE - Governor Steve Bullock, Montana National Guard Adjutant General Matthew T. Quinn and the new head of the U.S. Forest Service, Tony Tooke, met with Incident Commander Greg Poncin and others on...

Alice Creek Fire at 28,000 acres; public meeting set

HELENA - Fire officials say activity picked up Tuesday afternoon on the Alice Creek Fire. Officials said that the biggest concern Tuesday was shifting winds that could throw embers outside the main fire. More resources...

Tri-County Fire Safe to expand fuel reduction work with new federal grant

(HELENA) A local nonprofit will be able to help more homeowners in Lewis and Clark, Broadwater and Jefferson Counties protect themselves from wildfires, thanks to an additional federal grant. The Tri-County Fire Safe Working Group...

FWP closes Lake Frances for fighting efforts

HELENA - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced Tuesday that Lake Frances in Pondera County will be closed for fire fighting efforts. The lake located near Valier will be closed so fire crews can use...

Final evacuation order lifted in Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - The final evacuation order for residents living near the Rice Ridge Fire was lifted Tuesday morning. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday that after conferring with the incident management team, it...

Some mandatory evacuations ordered for Strawberry Creek Fire

GREAT FALLS - The Strawberry Creek Fire burning in western Pondera County has now surged past the boundaries of the Flathead National Forest, fueled by strong winds. The Pondera County Sheriff's Office has initiated mandatory...