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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...

Fire breaks out on the north side of Great Falls

GREAT FALLS - Emergency crews are battling a fire on the north side of Great Falls. The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon. Initial reports indicated that the fire originated in an old barn;...

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...

Park Creek Fire burned more than 1,000 acres in last 24 hours

UPDATE: The Forest Service is now reporting that the Park Creek fire has burned 1,600 acres. LINCOLN - The Park Creek Fire near Lincoln has now grown to an estimated 1,455 acres according to Kathy Bushnell...

Lightning sparks several fires in the Bitterroot Valley

HAMILTON - Firefighters are currently working on several new lightning-caused wildfires on the Bitterroot National Forest. Forest Service spokesman Tod McKay said a quick initial attack by fire crews has kept all of the blazes to...

Lightning caused Park Creek Fire continues to burn

A Type Two Incident Management Team has been brought in to combat the Park Creek Fire in the Lincoln Ranger District. The fire started by lightning on Friday and is actively burning in heavy, dense snag...

Wildfire threatens Wolf Creek; evacuations ordered

200 acres and growing The Lookout Fire was first reported on Saturday morning and is burning about five miles west of Wolf Creek. Fire officials said it has already burned 200 acres in heavy beetle-killed lodgepole...

Type I team called in to take over Lookout Fire

A Type I Incident Management Team has been called in to take over a fire burning north of Helena. According to the DNRC, the Lookout Fire has burned an estimated 200 acres about 5 miles...

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...

Weather continues to help suppress the July Fire

PHILLIPS COUNTY - Fire crews took advantage of the Wednesday's cool weather and higher humidity to get combat the July Fire which is now mostly contained. The Fire, located southwest of Zortman and north of Landusky...

Officials say July Fire may be human-caused

GREAT FALLS - The "July Fire" burning near Zortman and Landusky is now suspected to be human-caused. There is no word yet whether it was intentional or accidental, but a source told MTN News last week...

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...