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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...

Lookout fire continues to spread

UPDATE (5:09 p.m.) The Department of Natural Resources Conservation has designated authority to the Northern Rockies Team. The Incident Command Post will receive up to 300 personnel Monday evening. 10, 20 person crews have been...

Donors from almost every state help Missoula Co. fire victims

MISSOULA - While some debate whether the Montana fires are getting enough national news coverage, the persistent fire season is certainly getting people across the country to open their checkbooks. United Way leaders said donations...

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...

Lolo Peak crews brace for active fire day

LOLO - The Lolo Peak Fire has now burned nearly 37,800 acres in the Lolo and Florence areas and is 32 percent contained. Fire managers report that while burn operations and mop up continued along...

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...

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...

FEMA approves emergency funding for Lodgepole Complex Fires

HELENA - Montana’s Republican U.S.  Senator Steve Daines' Office announced Thursday afternoon that the FEMA had approved emergency funding for the Lodgepole Complex Fires in eastern Montana. The Lodgepole Complex is made up of multiple...

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...

New evacuations ordered on Alice Creek Fire

HELENA-Late Saturday night the Lewis and Clark Co. Sheriff's Office ordered new evacuations on the Alice Creek Fire northeast of Lincoln. At approximately 11:00 p.m. the Sheriff's Office posted mandatory evacuations for, "residents on both...

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...

Lincoln area fires see little growth

HELENA - Three fires north of Lincoln have burned more than 6,600 acres as of Friday morning. The Arrastra Creek and Park Creek fires are the largest. The Arrastra Creek Fire grew over 150 acres...

Land management opportunities appear in wake of wildfires

MISSOULA - The damage from 2017’s wildfires has created opportunities in the off season as private landowners are looking to keep their property from being destroyed. Zachary Bashoor’s young land management company found its niche...

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...

US, states struggle to pay spiraling cost of fighting fires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The long and brutal 2017 wildfire season is stressing the state and federal agencies that have to pay for the army of ground crews and machinery required to fight them. 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...

Public comment opens on Rice Ridge Fire salvage proposal

SEELEY LAKE - Lolo National Forest managers are beginning to take comment on plans to salvage several thousand acres of timber from last summer's massive Rice Ridge Fire. The lightning-caused fire scorched over 160,000 acres...

East Fork fire estimated at 2K acres, evacuations ordered

UPDATE: 4:45P: The Montana Department of Transportation has closed Montana State Highway 234 because of fire activity. The highway is closed at Sucker Creek Rd. This is in the area of the East Fork Fire....

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...

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...

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,...

Gianforte visits fire briefing in Lincoln

HELENA – Montana’s U.S. House Representative Greg Gianforte visited the Incident Command Center in Lincoln Thursday that is coordinating efforts to fight the Park Creek and Arrastra Creek fires. The visit was part of a...

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...

East Fork Fire grows to 20,000 acres

HELENA- The Hill County Emergency Operations Center says a fire burning south of Havre has consumed 20,000 acres. Officials say they are fighting the East Fork fire aggressively with back burn operations and that weather...

USDA offers help to farmers and ranchers affected by wildfires

MONTANA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted emergency funding to help aid those affected by wildfires in Montana. The state could see as much as $3 million for a special two-week signup period...