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Montana National Guard deployed to help with Lolo Peak Fire

HELENA – On Friday the Montana National Guard announced that 155 guardsmen would be deployed to help with firefighting efforts on the Lolo Peak Fire. The soldiers of Bravo Company, 1-163rd Combined Arms Battalion, and...

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...

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...

More evacuations ordered near Sunrise Fire

SUPERIOR -More evacuations are being ordered near the Sunrise fire outside of Superior. The Mineral County Sheriff's Office has issued a Stage 3 Evacuation Order for Quartz Creek. Occupants of the affected area are asked...

Governor Bullock briefed on Lolo Peak Fire

FLORENCE - Governor Steve Bullock was told, Tuesday, that the Lolo Peak Fire will be a "prolonged" event that could burn for weeks.  but fire managers say they're also making progress fighting the blaze,...

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...

East Fork Fire: opportunities to help

GREAT FALLS-The East Fork Fire in Hill County and the Rocky Boy's reservation has burned an estimated 15,000 acres as of 3 p.m. on Thursday, nearly doubling in size Thursday morning's estimate of 8,000...

Montana fire managers trying to keep a lid on spread of invasive mussels

KALISPELL - Fire crews aren't just worried about protecting homes and property across Montana. The spread of invasive aquatic mussels also weighs heavy on their minds because the mussels can latch onto firefighting equipment from...

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...

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...

New $50,000 match announced for MTN Montana Wildfire Relief fund

GREAT FALLS- MTN and the Montana Community Foundation have announced a new $50,000 match to the MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund. The money for the match has been generously donated by Carl and Kay Carbon...

Sapphire Complex fire grows to 15,600 acres, evacuations remain in place

ROCK CREEK - The Sapphire Complex Fire, has grown to over 15,600 acres. Some of the evacuations issued on Tuesday remain in place. The Granite County Sheriff’s Office downgraded an evacuation order for residents from Stony Creek south...

Rice Ridge Fire grows over 1,000 acres

SEELEY LAKE - The Rice Ridge Fire burning just outside of the town of Seeley Lake has now grown to nearly 10,200 acres and is 10 percent contained. A public meeting will be held at 6...

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....

National Guard Troops arrive at Meyers Fire

PHILIPSBURG - The Meyers Fire has now burned over 16,000 acres and remains 5 percent contained. MTN's John Emeigh was at the fire south of Philipsburg where more Montana National Guard troops arrived Wednesday to...

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...

Crews battling wildfires near Polson

POLSON - Crews are on the scene of a pair of wildfires that have broken out in Lake County. The CSKT Division of Fire is on the scene of the blazes that are burning just above...

Residents left wondering after Lolo Peak Fire evacuations

LOLO - Mandatory evacuations issued on Sunday for a section of Highway 12 near the Lolo Peak Fire had people packing up and moving out. Many of the evacuees stopped at the FireWise trailer on Highway...

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...

Wildfire salvage projects underway

 MISSOULA - 700,000 acres burned on National Forest land in this summer’s wildfires, and there are plans now in place proposing to salvage about 30,000 of those acres, according to Julia Altemus, executive director of the...

FWP closes Seeley Lake for firefighting operations

HELENA - Seeley Lake is once again closed for fire fighting efforts. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks reported Monday afternoon that fire crews are using the water to fight the Rice Ridge Fire. The lake...

More evacuations ordered near West Fork Fire

LIBBY - Additional evacuations have been ordered near the West Fork Fire. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has ordered residents of the following areas to leave by 12 p.m. on Thursday: Kootenai River Road from...

Some Seeley Lake residents begin returning home

SEELEY LAKE - Some Seeley Lake fire evacuees have begun to return home, but that doesn’t mean life is getting back to normal. The situation in Seeley Lake is still precarious, with the monster...

Air quality in Helena, Lincoln considered “Unhealthy”

HELENA - Wildfires burning across the state have affected the air quality in most of Montana. On Tuesday the Department of Environmental Quality listed both Helena and Lincoln areas as "Unhealthy". That means everyone should...

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...