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Lodgepole fire grows to 270,000 acres; 34 percent contained

HELENA (AP) — Firefighters in eastern Montana are increasing containment of wildfires that have destroyed 16 homes and scorched about 421 square miles of farmland and public land. Authorities say they have contained 34 percent...

US government rejects aid for Montana firefighting costs

HELENA (AP) — U.S. government officials have rejected Montana's request for aid in battling a group of wildfires that have been classified as the nation's top firefighting priority. Gov. Steve Bullock spokeswoman Ronja Abel said...

Weather conditions could cause “erratic behavior” for Lincoln fires

LINCOLN - Crews continue to battle three fires near Lincoln. The Alice Creek, Arrastra Creek and Park Creek fires are all burning just a few miles from each other in the Lewis and Clark National...

Winds help Lolo Peak grow to 1,090 acres

LOLO PEAK - Gusty wind conditions made for difficult for firefighters to battle the Lolo Peak Fire on Monday evening. It was another very active evening on the very visible fire. It grew from 750 acres to...

Sunrise Fire near Superior threatens 50 structures

MISSOULA - A fire burning southeast of Superior is now #2 on the national priority list. The Sunrise Fire burning 11 miles southeast of Superior is threatening 50 structures and has now burned 2,350 acres with...

Rock Creek fires now battled as a Complex

ROCK CREEK - The three fires burning near Rock Creek have a new name -- the Sapphire Complex.  The complex, which is comprised of the Sliderock, Goat Creek and Little Hogback fires, have burned just over...

Crews continue to battle Lodgepole Complex fires

SAND SPRINGS - Weather conditions on Monday allowed hundreds of firefighters to gain ground on the Lodgepole Complex fires burning in Garfield County and Petroleum County in eastern Montana. On Monday night, Tim Engrav, the public information...

Reinforcements arrive to help with destructive Montana fires

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Crews and equipment from 34 states arrived Monday to help fight four massive wildfires that have destroyed a dozen homes in eastern Montana and forced ranchers to let their livestock...

Lincoln fires continue to burn; no major growth over the weekend

LINCOLN - Several fires continue to burn near Lincoln. The Alice Creek, Park Creek and Arrastra Creek fires are burning in the Lincoln Ranger District. The Alice Creek Fire, the newest fire, started on Saturday and...

12 homes destroyed; Lodgepole Complex Fire still not contained

JORDAN - Citing active wildfires and extreme fire danger across the state, Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order declaring a fire emergency in Montana on Sunday. The Lodgepole Complex fires, which consists of four fires burning in eastern...

Chinn Fire burns 7K+ acres, now 75% contained

SOUTH OF WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - The Chinn Fire near White Sulphur Springs sparked on Friday and being investigated as a human-caused fire. The fire is located near the Black Butte subdivision south of White Sulphur...

Yellowstone Lake re-opened after scooper planes released

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park has lifted boating restrictions on Yellowstone Lake after a large portion of the lake was closed to accommodate airplanes scooping up water to fight a...

Governor declares fire emergency in Montana

GREAT FALLS - Governor Steve Bullock on Sunday issued an executive order declaring a fire emergency in Montana. The declaration allows Bullock to mobilize additional state resources and the Montana National Guard to fight the...

Chinn Fire burns camper, small structure in Meagher Co.

The Meagher Co. Sheriff's Office says a fire about 10 miles south of White Sulphur Springs has burned 1,000 acres. The Chinn Fire was reported around 5:30 pm Friday at the Black Butte subdivision. The Meagher...

Type I Incident team ordered to Lolo Peak Fire

MISSOULA - Gusty winds keep pushing the Lolo Peak fire and a top level team is now coming in to manage the lightning-sparked blaze. A Type I Incident Management Team is set to take over...

Eastern Montana wildfires explode to 48,000 acres

MILES CITY - A series of wildfires burning in Eastern Montana blew up on Thursday and now have torched approximately 48,000 acres -- or 75 square miles. The Bridge Coulee Fire was discovered Wednesday afternoon 16 miles north...

Evacuations ordered as Goat Creek Fire explodes near Rock Creek

ROCK CREEK - Gusty winds on Thursday afternoon drove a quick moving wildfire in Western Montana to over 400 acres. Lolo National Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig reports evacuations have been ordered for homes in the...

Park Creek, Arrastra Creek fires grow by hundreds of acres

UPDATE: MTN's Lindsey Ford went to Lincoln Friday to talk with residents about the extreme growth of both the Arrastra Creek and Park Creek Fires overnight. Lincoln residents said they know living with fire is...

New fires spark up across Lewis and Clark County

HELENA - Several wildfires sparked in and around Lewis and Clark County and central Montana on Wednesday, placing an even greater burden on already taxed firefighters across the region. Tuesday night’s thunderstorms and lightning strikes...

Limburger Fire closes campground

HELENA-U.S. Forest Service representatives say the Kading Campground south of Elliston has been closed to assist with firefighting operations on the Limburger Fire. The fire is burning west of Kading Cabin in dense timber snags...

Crying Fire burns 5,000 acres

GREAT FALLS - Firefighters responded on Wednesday to the Crying Fire in Petroleum County, which has burned about 5,000 acres as of Wednesday night. It's located west of the Musselshell River and about 30 miles...

Fire reported near Canyon Ferry

UPDATE: - Lewis and Clark County Undersheriff Jason Grimmis said the fire is under control and has only burned between 1.5 and two acres. There's no word yet on the cause of the fire and...

Firefighters responding to fire South of Elliston

ELLISTON - Representatives with the U.S. Forest Service say a new fire has broken out South of Elliston. The Limburger fire is burning in an area north of Kading Cabin. Few details are known about the...

New fire reported Northwest of Lincoln

LINCOLN - Fire Managers on the Park Creek Fire north of Lincoln are responding to another fire in the area. The Arrastra Fire is already estimated at between 150 and 200 acres. According to a release...