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Final evacuation order lifted in Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - The final evacuation order for residents living near the Rice Ridge Fire was lifted Tuesday morning. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday that after conferring with the incident management team, it...

Some mandatory evacuations ordered for Strawberry Creek Fire

GREAT FALLS - The Strawberry Creek Fire burning in western Pondera County has now surged past the boundaries of the Flathead National Forest, fueled by strong winds. The Pondera County Sheriff's Office has initiated mandatory...

Donors from almost every state help Missoula Co. fire victims

MISSOULA - While some debate whether the Montana fires are getting enough national news coverage, the persistent fire season is certainly getting people across the country to open their checkbooks. United Way leaders said donations...

Wildfire sparked in Crazy Mountains

BOZEMAN - A lightning-caused fire started Sunday has scorched 30 acres in the Crazy Mountains. The Blacktail Fire on Forest Service land in Meagher County is making a run in rugged terrain and is putting...

Fire officials continue to watch Alice Creek Fire; evacuations still in place

HELENA - Fire crews northeast of Lincoln say they are closely watching the Alice Creek Fire on Monday. The fire remains under red flag conditions. Fire managers said many critical fire elements are lining up,...

Bear sightings spark concerns near Rice Ridge Fire

SEELEY LAKE - Bears sightings are becoming common in the Seeley Lake area, where garbage cans were left out after homes were evacuated. The garbage has drawn bears closer to residential areas, according to...

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...

Hill County lifts all evacuation orders for East Fork Fire

HELENA - The Hill County Sheriff's Office announced Monday that all evacuation orders have been lifted for Hill County for the East Fork Fire. Highway 234, Sucker Creek Road and Taylor Road are all open...

3 fires in northern Montana still growing

The Crucifixion Creek, Strawberry Creek and Scalp fires, as of Monday are still growing in the northern part of the state. The three fires are managed by a Type-3 Incident Management Team working with limited...

Highway 200 reopens to motorists; evacuations still in place

UPDATE (10:40 p.m.) Highway 200 has since reopened to motorists after being closed east of Lincoln at the intersection of Highway 200 from mile post 92 east to Highway 434/435. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff...

Firefighter fundraiser raises over $31,000

HELENA - On Friday people flocked to the Helena Safeway parking lot for a fundraiser to help Montana's firefighters. Over $31,000 was raised along with several other items. Water, food and other items were stacked high next...

County officials making plan in case Rice Ridge Fire approaches Lincoln

HELENA - The Rice Ridge Fire has burned east of Seeley Lake for almost a month and a half, covering more than 100,000 acres and sending smoke across western Montana. Now, officials in Lewis...

Community efforts rally East Fork Fire donations

CHINOOK - According to volunteers, the Eagles Lodge was filled with community members wanting to help crews on the fire line last week after the East Fork Fire quickly grew. Blaine County MSU Extension Agent Kendra Seilstad started gathering items...

Alice Creek Fire sees little growth

HELENA - Firefighters were again able to limit the growth of the Alice Creek Fire. The fire grew by just over 320 acres on Wednesday but is still zero percent contained. The fire has burned...

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...

Montana wildfires stretching Incident Management Teams

SEELEY LAKE - While Montanans deal with wildfires, other natural disasters are terrorizing America's coasts. But because of a brutal fire season, incident teams that usually respond to other disasters are still working to fight regional fires. Incident...

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...

Montana Fires: How You Can Help

Many people have asked how they can help the firefighting efforts across Montana, or donate to help the people affected by the fires. More than 4,000 firefighters have been involved in the battle against the...

Western Montana wildfire smoke continues to pose health risks

MISSOULA - Fires burning across the state continue to blanket Western Montana under a thick layer of smoke,  smoke that many of us are breathing in on a daily basis. The air quality in Western Montana...

Firefighters deal with tough conditions, repeat evacuation warnings on Alice Creek Fire

(AUGUSTA) Authorities fighting the Alice Creek Fire say they’re facing tough terrain and worsening weather. Fire crews have set up their command post in Augusta, but the fire is burning over a large swath of...

Montana’s 2017 fire season tops 1 million acres burned

GREAT FALLS- The 2017 fire season in Montana has been devastating for many people and communities, and as of Sept. 6, more than one million acres of land has burned. The figure comes from the...

Rice Ridge Fire grows to more than 119,800 acres

SEELEY LAKE - The growth on the Rice Ridge Fire slowed on Tuesday and now stands at over 119,800 acres burned. Fire managers report the inversion lifted enough that by early Tuesday afternoon helicopters were...

Havre woman’s #MontanaStrong project raises over $9,000 for fire relief

HAVRE - People across Montana are lending help to their neighbors around the state in the midst of a difficult fire season. In Havre, Alicia Burrington is hard at work making #MontanaStrong decals, which she is...

Highway 200 Complex fires burn 17,600 acres, public meeting set

PLAINS - The Highway 200 Complex grew on Tuesday and has now burned a combined total of over 17,600 acres. A public meeting to discuss the fires will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday...

Fire danger prompts Weyerhaeuser to close lands to hunters

COLUMBIA FALLS - Some Western Montana hunters will need to find a new place to seek out their prey. Weyerhaeuser has announced that all its lands in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Missoula, Sanders and Ravalli counties...