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Fire officials: weekend fire illustrates ongoing fire danger

HELENA- Fire season 2017 is alive and well in the Helena valley. More than 40 firefighters responded to a blaze sparked by a power line downed by a tree branch Sunday afternoon at the intersection...

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...

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...

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...

Wildland fire reported NE of Great Falls

UPDATE - The fire has burned an estimated 175 acres. There were no injuries, and no damaged buildings or structures. The cause of the fire is being investigated. GREAT FALLS - Firefighters from several departments have...

Meeting held for Gibralter Fire update

EUREKA - Residents fleeing the flames near Eureka got their first chance to hear from the men and women on the front lines of the more than 1,400 acre Gibralter Fire on Wednesday evening. The lightning sparked...

Air quality in Helena, Lincoln affected by wildfires

HELENA - Wildfires burning across the state continue to affect the air quality. Lewis and Clark Public Health said Monday morning that the Lincoln area air is considered "Unhealthy" and the air quality in Helena...

Helena veterinary hospital ready to take in animals after wildfire evacuations

(HELENA) While residents in northern Lewis and Clark County remain under evacuation orders due to the Alice Creek Fire, Valley Veterinary Hospital in Helena is ready to take in their animals. Dr. Tia Nelson said...

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...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund now over $270,000

The Montana Wildfire Relief Fund has now raised more than a quarter of a million dollars. As of Wednesday, the fund had received 942 donations and now stands at $272,353.24. That figure includes a $50,000...

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...

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...

Fires create smokey skies around the state

GREAT FALLS - Smoke from wildfires near Lincoln and Wolf Creek have created a hazy condition in some places around the state. The smoky conditions have led to reduced visibility in some areas. Despite the smoky skies, most...

Lolo Peak Fire grows over 1,000 acres in last 24 hours

LOLO PEAK - Smoke from the Lolo Peak Fire billowed into the sky Wednesday as fire activity increased.  Running crown fires pushed the fire up Falls Creek Canyon east toward Lolo Peak. Fire managers said that by...

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions implemented in Lewis and Clark and Jefferson Counties

HELENA - Continued hot and dry weather has prompted county officials across the state including those surrounding the Helena area to implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Starting at midnight on Friday, campfires and other fires are...

Lolo Peak firefighters look to use weather to their advantage

LOLO - Firefighters are expressing relief for Sunday's rain, and the cooler weather which moved in over the Lolo Peak Fire. But the fire's incident commander says it's not a time to become "numb" to...

East Fork Fire burns five cabins, five outbuildings

UPDATE 3:00PM: Fire officials say the East Fork Fire has grown to 15,000 acres. It is 10 percent contained. According to a Thursday afternoon news release, five cabins and five have outbuilding have been destroyed....

Rice Ridge Fire grows to more than 119,800 acres

SEELEY LAKE - The growth on the Rice Ridge Fire slowed on Tuesday and now stands at over 119,800 acres burned. Fire managers report the inversion lifted enough that by early Tuesday afternoon helicopters were...

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 Wildfire Relief Fund receives new $50,000 donation

The Montana Wildfire Relief Fund received an anonymous donation of $50,000. The fund received 27 new donations as of Thursday representing $102,320.  That number includes the anonymous donation and the $50,000 match from Carl and Kay Carbon. The total amount raised for...

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...

(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...

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...

Fires bring smokey skies to Helena

HELENA - Smoke poured into the Helena Valley from fires burning across western montana. Video taken on Monday showed the poor air quality conditions in the Captial City. According to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, at times...

Part of Rock Creek Road reopens near Sapphire Complex fire

ROCK CREEK - A popular road has partially reopened near the 27,500 acre Sapphire Complex Fire burning in Granite County. Rock Creek Road is open again from Interstate 90 south to Harry’s Flat. Upper Willow...