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All wildfire closures lifted in Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

HELENA - Forest Service officials announced Friday that closures have been lifted across the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest as fire season comes to an end. Starting Friday all lands, trails and roads that were temporarily closed...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund over $420,000

On Friday the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund had received new 23 donations, representing $3,465.55. The fund has now received 1,230 individual donations totaling $421,825.29 which includes an initial $50,000 match from the Montana Television Network...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund receives new $50,000 donation

The Montana Wildfire Relief Fund received an anonymous donation of $50,000. The fund received 27 new donations as of Thursday representing $102,320.  That number includes the anonymous donation and the $50,000 match from Carl and Kay Carbon. The total amount raised for...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund now over $315,000

On Wednesday,the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund had received 25 new donations, representing $9,519.00. That brings the total number of contributions to 1,180 totalling $316,039.74. This includes an initial $50,000 in matching funds from the Montana Television...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund grows to $306K

Montana Television Network stations across the state have now raised $306,520.74 as part of their Montana Wildfire Relief Fund. This includes an initial $50,000 in matching funds from the Montana Television Network and its parent...

MTN Wildfire Relief Fund now over $300,000

HELENA- The MTN Montana Wildlife Relief Fund has now received over $300,000 in donations to help with wildfire relief. On Monday, 77 new donations had been made totaling $12,783.99. This brings the fund to $304,035.74. Currently, there is a generous...

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...

MTN Wildfire Relief Fund approaching $300K, $50K match underway

HELENA- The MTN Montana Wildlife Relief Fund is less than $10,000 away from reaching $300,000 raised to help wildfire relief. As of Saturday, Sept. 30, donations totaled $291,251.75.  More than 1,000 individual contributions have been...

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...

Bozeman boy uses lemonade stand to raise money for wildfire relief

BOZEMAN - A nine-year-old Bozeman boy has opened a lemonade stand for a cause. Braden Matzinger, raised $187 for the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund through his lemonade stand at the last MSU Bobcats home football game. “I really just wanted...

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...

Fire restrictions lifted for Helena and Great Falls areas

HELENA - Now that fire season is winding down, officials from the Northern Rockies Coordinating Group announced Thursday that, starting Friday, all fire restrictions within the Helena and Great Falls areas will be lifted. The notice...

Montana DNRC updates wildfire suppression costs, acres burned

(HELENA) Montana’s Environmental Quality Council got an update Thursday on the total cost of this summer’s wildfires across the state. Sue Clark, acting forestry division administrator for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation,...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund now over $270,000

The Montana Wildfire Relief Fund has now raised more than a quarter of a million dollars. As of Wednesday, the fund had received 942 donations and now stands at $272,353.24. That figure includes a $50,000...

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,...

Montana Wildfire Relief donations top $260K

The Montana Wildfire Relief Fund has now raised more than a quarter of a million dollars. As of Tuesday, the fund had received 871 donations and now stands at $262,441.32. That figure includes a $50,000...

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...

KTVH Special Report: Montana Wildfires 2017

The Montana Television Network and the Montana Community Foundation partnered to create the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund. On Saturday, September 23, MTN aired a one-hour special focusing on the 2017 fire season. The program...

Great Falls residents collect donations for fire relief

GREAT FALLS - Over the Labor Day weekend, Catherine Rafanello, an airman at Malmstrom Air Force Base, decided to haul cattle and horses and donate hay to help people affected by the summer's devastating...

Remembering those lost fighting a devastating Montana fire season

MISSOULA - This year's fire season has cost Montana more than just money, air quality, homes and over a million acres of land. Two firefighters paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe. One working on...

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...

Costs from major natural disasters can stress state budgets

ATLANTA (AP) — A summer of natural catastrophes, from epic hurricanes to scorching wildfires, has exposed another peril in disaster-prone states: How to pay for the rescues, repairs and rebuilding. The combined tab from Hurricanes...

Fire officials: Just because it snowed doesn’t mean fire season is over

HELENA - There might be snow on Mount Helena Friday, but local fire officials are warning that Montana's fire season isn't over yet. As the rain mixed with snow fell for the second day in...

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...

Evacuations lifted for Strawberry Creek Fire, Lake Frances reopens

GREAT FALLS - On Thursday, evacuation notices for residents affected by the Strawberry Creek Fire were lifted and Lake Frances reopened. According to Pondera County officials, all roads are open except Swift Dam Road, which remains closed...