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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...

Fire Officials: Snow fall covers the entire area of the Alice Creek Fire

HELENA - Thursday brought relief to weary firefighters as rain fell over the Alice Creek Fire area, with snow falling throughout the night. The entire fire area was covered in snow as of Friday morning,...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund: How You Can Help

HELENA-KTVH is teaming up with the Montana Community Foundation for a whole new level wildfire relief fundraising. This partnership ensures your donation dollars stay right here in Montana. Better yet, KTVH and MTN will match the...

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...

Forest Service spends record $2B battling forest fires

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion battling forest fires around the country — a new record as wildfires blacken the American West in one of the nation's worst...

Some evacuations lifted near Meyers Fire

PHILIPSBURG - A mandatory evacuation order in the Moose Lake area near the Meyers Fire has been lifted. However, the Frog Pond area is still under a mandatory evacuation order. The Billie Springer Memorial and Bonanza subdivisions...

Final evacuation order lifted for Sapphire Complex Fire

ROCK CREEK - The final evacuation order issued for the Sapphire Complex Fire has been lifted. Fire managers reported that all evacuation orders for Upper Rock Creek Road are no longer in place. The Sapphire Complex...

Mandatory evacuations lifted near West Fork Fire

LIBBY - There's some good news for some residents who have been forced from their homes by the West Fork Fire near Libby. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday evening that the mandatory evacuation orders...

Incoming rain could mean the beginning of the end for Lolo Peak Fire

MISSOULA - The long-awaited end to fire season appears to finally be near. With a wet weather system knocking on the door, and another following shortly behind, we can finally breathe a sigh of relief....

Officials warn residents of flash flooding near July Fire

GLASGOW - Officials are warning residents near the July Fire to be alert for the possibility of flash flooding. The Bureau of Land Management Office for the Montana and Dakotas said if the forecasted amount of...

Evacuation warning issued for Apgar Village, West Glacier

KALISPELL - Authorities have issued an evacuation warning for Apgar Village and West Glacier due to the Sprague Fire. A predicted weather change later Wednesday, and its potential effects on fire behavior has prompted the...

Sheriff lifts one evacuation order for Alice Creek Fire

HELENA - Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton lifted one of the evacuation orders Wednesday afternoon for the Alice Creek Fire. The Sheriff's Office coordinated with the incident management team of the Alice Creek...

Montana issues statewide air quality warning

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Quality Alert for the entire state due to wildfire smoke from nearby fires. This is scheduled to be in effect until 9 a.m. Thursday. Air quality is...