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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...

(UPDATE) “July Fire” near Zortman reaches 1669 acres

The July Fire has now burned an estimated 1,669 acres near the town of Zortman in Phillips County. About 135 firefighters are working to contain the fire that was first reported near the Fort Belknap...

Firefighters responding to fire South of Elliston

ELLISTON - Representatives with the U.S. Forest Service say a new fire has broken out South of Elliston. The Limburger fire is burning in an area north of Kading Cabin. Few details are known about the...

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...

Fire mitigation could save your home in case of a wildfire

HELENA - The growing fire danger has many officials stressing the importance of preparing a property in advance to survive a wildfire. Officials say preparedness is something anyone who lives near the forest boundary should practice....

Structures lost in Lolo Peak Fire

LOLO - Authorities have confirmed that structures have been lost due to the now 19,000 acre Lolo Peak Fire. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday that the structures that have burned are in the...

Growth slows on Alice Creek Fire, more resources arrive to help

HELENA-The team managing the Alice Creek fire northeast of Lincoln says the fire grew by about 150 acres Thursday. It has now burned 7,003 acres and is zero percent contained. Fire managers say fire growth...

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...

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....

Application process for the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund now open

The application process for the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund is now open. Over the past month, with help from people here in Montana and across the country, the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund has received 1,252 donations totaling $424,128.04. The fund...

July Fire expands over the weekend

GREAT FALLS - The Bureau of Land Management has updated the status of the July Fire.   Fire crews are battling the fire along Alder Gulch. The fire is 50 percent contained and no injuries have...

Governor declares fire emergency in Montana

GREAT FALLS - Governor Steve Bullock on Sunday issued an executive order declaring a fire emergency in Montana. The declaration allows Bullock to mobilize additional state resources and the Montana National Guard to fight the...

Lolo Peak Fire grows almost 1,000 acres in last 24 hours

LOLO - An active fire day pushed the Lolo Peak Fire to grow to near 5,700 acres as the lightning-sparked blaze continues to burn 10 miles southwest of Lolo. The blaze once again pushed out a...

Lolo Peak Fire at 7,700 acres; no closures or evacuation orders

LOLO - The Lolo Peak Fire grew a little more on Tuesday and now stands at just under 7,700 acres. An Evacuation Warning remains in place for the south side of Highway 12 between Fort Fizzle...

Public meeting held, evacuations still in place for Holmes Gulch Fire

HELENA - Evacuations are in place for residents in the path of the Holmes Gulch Fire that broke out Thursday afternoon south of Helena. Firefighting efforts are still underway as the fire has burned anywhere...

Rice Ridge fire explodes, grows to 101K acres

SEELEY LAKE- The Rice Ridge Fire consumed 48,530 acres on Sunday, with the last infrared flight estimate at 10:45 p.m. Sunday night placing the fire at 101,424 acres. Fire information officer Mark Vosburgh said most...

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...

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...

Meyers fire may be out, but work continues near Philipsburg

PHILIPSBURG - Hundreds of people who were living in the woods dealt with Montana's worst fire season in decades, but now that the fires are out what happens in those forests? MTN's Chet Layman went...

Wildfire threatens Wolf Creek; evacuations ordered

200 acres and growing The Lookout Fire was first reported on Saturday morning and is burning about five miles west of Wolf Creek. Fire officials said it has already burned 200 acres in heavy beetle-killed lodgepole...

US government rejects aid for Montana firefighting costs

HELENA (AP) — U.S. government officials have rejected Montana's request for aid in battling a group of wildfires that have been classified as the nation's top firefighting priority. Gov. Steve Bullock spokeswoman Ronja Abel said...

Evacuation notices remain in place, water bodies closed near Rice Ridge fire

SEELEY LAKE - The evacuation warnings issued on Tuesday for residents living near the Rice Ridge fire burning three miles northeast of Seeley Lake remain in effect. Missoula County Sheriff authorities issued the evacuation warning...

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...

Rice Ridge Fire evacuations now effects 1,000 residents

SEELEY LAKE - The number of residences evacuated because of the Rice Ridge Fire near Seeley Lake has grown. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office said the latest information shows that approximately 1,000 residents have been put...

Wildfire smoke continues to hit Western Montana air quality

MISSOULA - Some valleys will be drowning in wildfire smoke while the next one over is having a relatively pleasant day -- that's what happening in Western Montana. While most of the area woke up...