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Rain prompts sheriff to lift evacuation orders for Alice Creek Fire

HELENA - A storm moving in has brought heavy rain prompting the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office to lift evacuation orders for the Alice Creek Fire. Sheriff Leo Dutton said his office spoke with fire...

Post-fire assessment issued for Park Creek Fire burn area

HELENA - A burned area emergency response team has issued its assessment of post-fire conditions on the Park Creek Fire north of Lincoln. According to the report, about 30 percent of the burned area, just...

Forecasters predict “above normal” fire season in Northern Rockies

MISSOULA - There are more indicators we’re heading for an “above normal” fire season in Western Montana again later this summer. Last year’s epic fire season burned hundreds of thousands of acres, especially in west-central...

Yellowstone’s fire history helps crews prepare for this season

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - With temperatures predicted to hit the 90s and a long dry spell on the way, Yellowstone National Park is gearing up for fire season. Fire is an important part of reality...

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...

Air Quality “Hazardous” in Seeley Lake

MISSOULA - Air quality levels are considered hazardous because of a pair of growing wildfires in the Seeley Lake area. Smoke from the Rice Ridge and Liberty fires settled over the Seeley Lake area, causing the unhealthy air conditions.The Montana Department...

New mapping puts Gibralter Ridge Fire at 1,100 acres, meeting set

EUREKA - New overnight mapping puts the Gibralter Ridge Fire burning near Eureka at 1,133 acres. The blaze sparked during a late Monday thunderstorm and quickly grew forcing several residents to leave their homes. Fire managers say...

Holmes Gulch Fire estimated at 300 acres, evacuations underway

UPDATE (6:08 p.m.) - A public meeting has been set for 8 p.m. Thursday night at the Montana City Fire Hall. The fire is now being called the Holmes Gulch Fire. For all the...

Firefighters in Glacier brace for unpredictable conditions

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK- Fire crews in Glacier National Park, are laying hose and sprinklers to protect structures from the Sprague Fire. Northwest Montana and Glacier National Park remain under a Red Flag Warning for most...

FEMA approves funding for 5 more Montana fires

On Sunday, three large Montana wildfires had been approved to receive disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Two other fires were approved for funding on Monday. FEMA will release federal funds to help...

Montana author of “Land on Fire” talks wildfires

BILLINGS - Montana author Gary Ferguson made a stop at the Billings Public Library last weekend to speak about his new book, "Land on Fire" and share his perspective about this year's wildfire season. Over 50,000 fires...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund starts evaluating first grant applications

HELENA - The MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund is starting to evaluate applications, as it gets ready to award its first round of grants. The fund is a partnership between the Montana Television Network and...

Preparing for bad air quality during fire season

MISSOULA - We may not want to talk about it yet, but we must: fire season and fire smoke. Last year the air quality was so bad that it was off the charts for some...

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...

Chinn Fire burns camper, small structure in Meagher Co.

The Meagher Co. Sheriff's Office says a fire about 10 miles south of White Sulphur Springs has burned 1,000 acres. The Chinn Fire was reported around 5:30 pm Friday at the Black Butte subdivision. The Meagher...

Officials set meeting for Lincoln residents on fire status

LINCOLN - Fire officials will update Lincoln residents on the status of three wildfires burning in the area at a community meeting Wednesday night. The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office evacuated residents in the...

(UPDATE) Fire blocks route for dozens in GNP chalet; several other areas closed

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A wildfire has cut off the return route for dozens of people staying in a Glacier National Park backcountry chalet, leaving them the choice of remaining until rangers tell...

Sprague Fire grows, local fire departments pitching in

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK- The Sprague Fire, which burned the Sperry Chalet and forced evacuations on the west side of Glacier National Park has now grown to over 13,300 acres. An evacuation order that was put...

Alice Creek Fire at 28,000 acres; public meeting set

HELENA - Fire officials say activity picked up Tuesday afternoon on the Alice Creek Fire. Officials said that the biggest concern Tuesday was shifting winds that could throw embers outside the main fire. More resources...

Application process opens Oct. 9 for MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund

HELENA- The Montana Community Foundation and the Montana Television Network will open grant applications Oct. 9 for funds from the MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund. As of Sept. 28, more than $280,000 had been donated...

Firefighters respond to flames at Helena Industries

HELENA - Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a fire to break out Thursday night at the Helena Industries Thrift Store. The Helena Fire department arrived on scene to the intersection of Cedar...

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...

Weather conditions could cause “erratic behavior” for Lincoln fires

LINCOLN - Crews continue to battle three fires near Lincoln. The Alice Creek, Arrastra Creek and Park Creek fires are all burning just a few miles from each other in the Lewis and Clark National...

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...