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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...

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...

Wildfire recovery discussed at Helena workshop

HELENA - First responders, federal agencies, nonprofits and more came together on Friday for the Montana Wildfire Early Recovery Workshop. The Montana Community Foundation and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy hosted the event Friday as...

Lightning sparks several fires in the Bitterroot Valley

HAMILTON - Firefighters are currently working on several new lightning-caused wildfires on the Bitterroot National Forest. Forest Service spokesman Tod McKay said a quick initial attack by fire crews has kept all of the blazes to...

Lolo Peak Fire up to 1,600 acres

LOLO PEAK - The Lolo Peak Fire keeps growing as it burns 10 miles southwest of Lolo. Fire managers reported the blaze has now torched a little over 1,600 acres -- up from 1,100 acres. A...

Sunrise Fire mandatory evacuations still in place

SUPERIOR - By Wednesday morning, the Sunrise Fire burning near Superior had grown to 10,800 acres. The fire is 5 percent contained. Over 80 structures remain threatened by the blaze. The Sunrise Creek, Quartz Flats, Quartz...

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...

GNP lodge closing early due to wildfire smoke

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK-Xanterra Parks and Resorts announced Tuesday evening that they will close Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park for the season due to smoke conditions from the Sprague Fire, burning approximately two...

Evacuations ordered on Alice Creek Fire

HELENA- Wednesday morning the Lewis and Clark Co. Sheriff's Office issued new pre-evacuation orders for the Alice Creek Fire. The mandatory evacuation order is for all residents of Elk Meadows, northeast of Lincoln. Residents on...

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...

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...

Seeley Lake comes together for reflection at Rice Ridge Fire meeting

 SEELEY LAKE - It was a long summer in Seeley Lake, as the Rice Ridge Fire filled the air with smoke and sparked multiple evacuation orders in August and September of 2017. During a Wednesday...

Fire conditions reported from around the state

HELENA - The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation announced Wednesday that in the last 24 hours, 17 new fires have been reported in the Northern Rocky Mountain area. The total area burned is...

Limburger Fire closes campground

HELENA-U.S. Forest Service representatives say the Kading Campground south of Elliston has been closed to assist with firefighting operations on the Limburger Fire. The fire is burning west of Kading Cabin in dense timber snags...

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...

Rice Ridge Fire holding steady at 8,000 acres

SEELEY LAKE - An estimated 250 people turned out on Sunday evening to learn more about the efforts fire crews are using to battle the 8,000 acre Rice Ridge Fire that's burning outside of Seeley Lake. The...

Sen. Tester advocates for wildfire fund to help offset USFS costs

FLORENCE - Wildfires continues to ravage thousands of acres of forests across the state, burning not just trees, but millions of dollars of Forest Service funding. That cost comes from crews and equipment. Mike Cole, an information...

Governor Bullock issues disaster declaration over wildfires

HELENA-Gov. Steve Bullock on Friday signed an executive order declaring a disaster in Montana because of the ongoing fire situation. The declaration allows the Governor to mobilize more resources to help fight the nearly two...

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 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...

Donations continue to come in for Montana Wildfire Relief Fund; over $450,000 raised

The MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund has raised over $450,000. The fund is a partnership between the Montana Television Network and the Montana Community Foundation. The goal of the fund is to help those most...

Homeowners work to reduce risk of wildfires

 HELENA - With spring in full bloom, now's the time that homeowners think about all the projects we need to start outside. Fire prevention experts say it's also the time to start projects that'll keep...

Weather hinders and helps July Fire

PHILLIPS COUNTY - The weather continues to challenge firefighters as they battle the July Fire near Zortman and Landusky. However, Monday’s thunderstorms provided an opportunity to implement the safety plan and re-engage when the...

12 homes destroyed; Lodgepole Complex Fire still not contained

JORDAN - Citing active wildfires and extreme fire danger across the state, Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order declaring a fire emergency in Montana on Sunday. The Lodgepole Complex fires, which consists of four fires burning in eastern...

USDA offers help to farmers and ranchers affected by wildfires

MONTANA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted emergency funding to help aid those affected by wildfires in Montana. The state could see as much as $3 million for a special two-week signup period...