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Wildfire recovery discussed at Helena workshop

HELENA - First responders, federal agencies, nonprofits and more came together on Friday for the Montana Wildfire Early Recovery Workshop. The Montana Community Foundation and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy hosted the event Friday as...

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...

Sunrise fire keeps growing; evacuations remain in place

SUPERIOR - The latest from the Sunrise Fire burning outside of Superior shows that the blaze has now grown to approximately 8,200 acres and the number of structures threatened by the blaze has grown to...

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...

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...

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...

Rice Ridge fire holds steady, public meeting set

SEELEY LAKE - There's been little change at the scene of the Rice Ridge fire that's burning outside the town of Seeley Lake. The blaze has burned nearly 6,900 acres and remains 0% contained. The...

Evacuations ordered on Alice Creek Fire

HELENA- Wednesday morning the Lewis and Clark Co. Sheriff's Office issued new pre-evacuation orders for the Alice Creek Fire. The mandatory evacuation order is for all residents of Elk Meadows, northeast of Lincoln. Residents on...

Wells Fargo donates $22,500 to MT wildfire relief

GREAT FALLS - Wells Fargo donated $22,500 to Montana wildfire relief efforts on Monday. The company said $10,000 will go to the American Red Cross of Montana, $10,000 to the Montana Community Foundation and $2,500...

Community efforts rally East Fork Fire donations

CHINOOK - According to volunteers, the Eagles Lodge was filled with community members wanting to help crews on the fire line last week after the East Fork Fire quickly grew. Blaine County MSU Extension Agent Kendra Seilstad started gathering items...

Fire danger prompts Weyerhaeuser to close lands to hunters

COLUMBIA FALLS - Some Western Montana hunters will need to find a new place to seek out their prey. Weyerhaeuser has announced that all its lands in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Missoula, Sanders and Ravalli counties...

Hundreds of homes evacuated near Lolo Peak fire

LOLO - The Missoula County Sheriff's Office has ordered more residents to immediately leave the area of the Lolo Peak fire. A new evacuation order is was issued at 10 p.m. for homes along U.S....

Highway 200 Complex fires burn 17,600 acres, public meeting set

PLAINS - The Highway 200 Complex grew on Tuesday and has now burned a combined total of over 17,600 acres. A public meeting to discuss the fires will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday...

Alice Creek Fire grows to more than 11,500 acres, parts of Highway 200 closed

HELENA- The Lewis and Clark Co. Sheriff's office has closed Highway 200 east of Rogers Pass because of dangerous fire conditions. Over the past 24 hours, the Alice Creek Fire has grown by more than...

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

LOLO - An active fire day pushed the Lolo Peak Fire to grow to near 5,700 acres as the lightning-sparked blaze continues to burn 10 miles southwest of Lolo. The blaze once again pushed out a...

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...

Storms spark small wildfires in Glacier

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - A passing storm on Thursday has sparked several wildfires in Glacier National Park. While most of the blazes are small, the Inside North Fork Road is closed between Polebridge Ranger Station...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund over $280,000

The Montana Wildfire Relief Fund has now raised almost $300,000. As of Thursday, the fund had received 44 new donations representing $5,843.51. The grand total stands at 986 donations and $283,196.75. This amount represents all...

Growth at Highway 200 Complex Fire prompts evacuations

PLAINS - Increased activity on the Highway 200 Complex Fires means more residents have to leave their homes on Tuesday. The evacuations affect residents in the area of the Sheep Gap Fire in Sanders County,...

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...

Wildfire smoke continues to hit Western Montana air quality

MISSOULA - Some valleys will be drowning in wildfire smoke while the next one over is having a relatively pleasant day -- that's what happening in Western Montana. While most of the area woke up...

Western Montana wildfire smoke continues to pose health risks

MISSOULA - Fires burning across the state continue to blanket Western Montana under a thick layer of smoke,  smoke that many of us are breathing in on a daily basis. The air quality in Western Montana...

Humor adds a bittersweet touch for Montana air quality specialist

MISSOULA - As Montanans dealt with poor - and sometimes dangerous - air quality during the summer due to wildfire smoke, there were not a lot of positive things to say. Despite the depressing outlook,...

Fire burns about 400 acres near Augusta on Thursday

GREAT FALLS-Crews responded to a fire near Elk Creek Colony outside of Augusta Thursday afternoon. The fire was caused by a power line falling on to two cows that were then electrocuted. Firefighters from...

Fire near Arlee explodes to 2,000 acres

ARLEE - The latest numbers show that the Liberty Fire burning east of Arlee exploded to 2,000 acres on Sunday. The explosive fire growth prompted Missoula County Sheriff's Office deputies to go door-to-door to around...