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Firefighters continue to battle Northwest Montana fires

THOMPSON FALLS - The Lazier Creek Fire continues to rage as crews work to contain it. Fire officials said the cooler temperatures could give them an opportunity to gain ground on the fire, but...

Northwest fires continue to rage

KALISPELL - A pair of wildfires burning in northwest Montana continue to grow. Fire managers reported that the largest blaze, the Lazier Creek 3 Fire, has been mapped at over 1,300 acres burned while the Rogers Mountain fire...

Elkhorn Road fire caused by lightning; fire fighters caught it early

HELENA - Local firefighters got a quick jump Monday on a wildland fire caused by a lightning strike on Sunday. Four trucks from Tri-Lakes Volunteer Fire and a wildland engine from the Montana Department of...

Weather hinders and helps July Fire

PHILLIPS COUNTY - The weather continues to challenge firefighters as they battle the July Fire near Zortman and Landusky. However, Monday’s thunderstorms provided an opportunity to implement the safety plan and re-engage when the...

Lightning Captured on Camera Starts Wildfire

HELENA - Helena Valley resident Brett Ashley Whitney captured a lightning strike that sparked a wildfire on Sunday evening.  The sequence shows the lightning reaching toward the ground and striking a telephone line.  The...

Helena area firefighters continue to chase down lightning sparked fires

Firefighters in the Helena area continue to chase down fire starts from Sunday's thunderstorm. Crews from Tri-Lakes Fire and the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation quickly contained a small fire north of Elkhorn Rd....

July Fire expands over the weekend

GREAT FALLS - The Bureau of Land Management has updated the status of the July Fire.   Fire crews are battling the fire along Alder Gulch. The fire is 50 percent contained and no injuries have...

Evacuations, road closures in area of Sanders Co. wildfire

UPDATE (11:24 a.m.) THOMPSON FALLS - Local authorities are continuing to evacuate homes and cabins -- as well as closing some area roads -- after a wildfire in Sanders County grew quickly to 400 acres on...

Cabins, homes threatened by Sanders County wildfire

KALISPELL (MTN) - Sanders County Sheriff's Office deputies are evacuating cabins and homes threatened by the Lazier Creek 3 Fire which is burning near the Bend Guard Station. Fire managers report the blaze grew from...

Lightning sparked fired burns 10 acres near Lake Helena

The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation says lightning from a Sunday night thunderstorm sparked a fire near Lake Helena. The fire was first reported around 7:20 p.m. Fire crews from Tri-Lakes, East Valley, Eastgate and...

(UPDATE) 2-3 acres burned at Nature Park Fire

UPDATE (7:43 p.m.) HPD released more information on Friday evening about the Nature Park Fire. HPD reported that after the officer who was driving by the area first reported the fire, several other 911 calls came...

July Fire grows to 14 square miles

LANDUSKY, Mont. (AP) — More crews and equipment were brought in Friday to help battle a wildfire south of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in north-central Montana as the growing fire threatened the small...

Fire danger prompts BLM to close North Hills area to shooting

HELENA – Fire dangers have prompted the Bureau of Land Management to issue an order of the temporarily closing its North Hills area to shooting. The order temporarily prohibits the discharge of firearms in the...

Wildfires affect the air quality; could continue through the weekend

HELENA - The Montana Department of Environmental Quality said Wednesday that wildfires across the state have caused hazy skies and moderate air conditions. The July Fire near Zortman and the Howard Fire near Forsyth are...

(UPDATE) “July Fire” near Zortman reaches 1669 acres

The July Fire has now burned an estimated 1,669 acres near the town of Zortman in Phillips County. About 135 firefighters are working to contain the fire that was first reported near the Fort Belknap...

Fire conditions reported from around the state

HELENA - The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation announced Wednesday that in the last 24 hours, 17 new fires have been reported in the Northern Rocky Mountain area. The total area burned is...

Fire Officials: North Hills Fire 40 to 50 percent contained

HELENA - The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation reported that, as of Wednesday, the North Hills Access fire has burned 3.5 acres almost exactly. Fire officials also have reported that Tuesday night's fire is 40...

Small grass fire sparked by fireworks

HELENA - Fireworks sparked a small blaze on Tuesday that burned over a quarter acre near Kessler Elementary Just after noon the Helena Fire Department responded to a grass fire off the 2300 block of Hauser Boulevard. Within...

Yellowstone’s fire history helps crews prepare for this season

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - With temperatures predicted to hit the 90s and a long dry spell on the way, Yellowstone National Park is gearing up for fire season. Fire is an important part of reality...

Wildfire near Zortman prompts evacuations

GREAT FALLS - A wildfire burning near Zortman is prompting evacuations in the area. The fire is about 45 miles south of Malta. The fire was reported at about 4:30 p.m. on Monday, and has burned at...

Crews work to prevent wildfires in Pines Recreation Area

VALLEY COUNTY – For two years in a row now, overgrown vegetation in the Fort Peck area has prompted several firefighter agencies to be dispatched to manage. Local, state, and federal firefighters have been dispatched...

Stage 1 fire restrictions ordered for north central counties

LEWISTOWN  –  The Bureau of Land Management Fire announced Wednesday that restrictions have been ordered for several Montana counties in the north central part of the state. The long, hot days of summer are drying...

Hunters Gulch fire 100 percent contained

HELENA - The Lewis and Clark Forest Service said a small fire started by lightning that broke out last week is now contained. Forest officials confirmed that the Hunters Gulch Fire was 100 percent contained...