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Montana DNRC updates wildfire suppression costs, acres burned

(HELENA) Montana’s Environmental Quality Council got an update Thursday on the total cost of this summer’s wildfires across the state. Sue Clark, acting forestry division administrator for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation,...

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...

Park Creek Fire continues to grow; road closures still in place

LINCOLN - The Park Creek Fire continues to grow with very little containment as firefighters battle the blaze located a few miles north of Lincoln. The fire is now at 1,856 acres, 250 acres larger than...

Firefighters detail challenges battling Sunrise fire

SUPERIOR -Firefighters continue to battle the Sunrise Fire burning southeast of Superior amid evacuations at Sunrise Creek and Quartz Creek. Reporter Eric Clements spoke to crews about the challenges they are facing in the...

Sunrise fire grows, some mandatory evacuations lifted

SUPERIOR - The latest information from the Sunrise Fire near Superior shows that the blaze has grown to 11,900 acres and remains 5 percent contained. Despite Wednesday's fire growth, the Mineral County Sheriff's Office has lifted the...

Park Creek and Arrastra Creek fires expected to merge

LINCOLN - Two fires burning north of Lincoln saw significant growth over the last 24 hours. The Arrastra Creek Fire has grown more than 500 acres since Wednesday, according to Forest Service officials. The fire...

Public meeting planned to discuss July Fire rehabilitation

HELENA-The Bureau of Land Managment has scheduled a public meeting to discuss stabilization and rehabilitation of the area burned by the July Fire. The July Fire started on July 3 near the town of Zortman. It...

Firefighters deal with tough conditions, repeat evacuation warnings on Alice Creek Fire

(AUGUSTA) Authorities fighting the Alice Creek Fire say they’re facing tough terrain and worsening weather. Fire crews have set up their command post in Augusta, but the fire is burning over a large swath of...

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...

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...

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...

Evacuation warning issued as Rice Ridge fire explodes to 4,000 acres

MISSOULA - The Rice Ridge Fire burning three miles from Seeley Lake grew dramatically on Monday and has now blazed through nearly 4,000 acres. The growth of the fire has prompted authorities to issue an evacuation...

Rice Ridge Fire at nearly 9,300 acres

SEELEY LAKE - The Rice Ridge Fire that's burning just north of Seeley Lake has grown to nearly 9,300 acres and is now 10 percent contained. The evacuation warning issued for south of Rice Ridge...

National Guard Troops arrive at Meyers Fire

PHILIPSBURG - The Meyers Fire has now burned over 16,000 acres and remains 5 percent contained. MTN's John Emeigh was at the fire south of Philipsburg where more Montana National Guard troops arrived Wednesday to...

Alice Creek Fire burns four structures

UPDATE: 10:00 p.m.: Four structures were burned in the Alice Creek Fire, but there is no official word on what kind of structures were lost. Fire officials held a public meeting in Augusta to give...

Firefighter fundraiser raises over $31,000

HELENA - On Friday people flocked to the Helena Safeway parking lot for a fundraiser to help Montana's firefighters. Over $31,000 was raised along with several other items. Water, food and other items were stacked high next...

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...

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...

Fire erupts in North Delphia; road closures and evacuations in place

ROUNDUP - A fire burning more than 1,000 acres in Musselshell County was growing on Friday, according to the Musselshell County Disaster and Emergency Services. What’s being called the North Delphia Fire is now about 1,200...

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...

Evacuations in upper Stonewall area as fire activity increases north of Lincoln

HELENA) Authorities are evacuating several homes north of Lincoln, after worsening fire conditions Tuesday night raised concerns. Residents in the upper Stonewall area are being evacuated. According to the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, about...

Glacier fires prompt closures; mostly contained

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - A passing storm on Tuesday sparked several wildfires in Glacier National Park prompting some closures. Rick Sacca with the Flathead County Office of Emergency Services told MTN the smoke from the Glacier fires and...

Mandatory evacuations ordered in Seeley Lake, high school classes canceled

SEELEY LAKE - New evacuation orders for the Rice Ridge Fire impact more than 500 homes near Seeley Lake, and unpredictable winds and continued high temperatures are to blame for the flare up. There's an...

Residents evacuated near Lolo Peak fire can return home

FLORENCE - Authorities have lifted the mandatory evacuation orders that were put in place over the weekend near the Lolo Peak fire. The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office has announced that effective immediately, the evacuation order...