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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...

Weather Wise: Red Flag conditions help grow the Alice Creek Fire

HELENA-Red Flag conditions eased up Monday giving firefighters on the Alice Creek fire a quick chance to catch their breath. The hot and windy weather that triggered the Red Flag warning was directly responsible for...

Backburning operations lead to loss of 2 homes in Lolo Peak Fire

LOLO - Late last week, the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office confirmed two homes, along with several structures in the Upper Folsom Road area, burned in the fight to contain the Lolo Peak Fire. Public Information...

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,...

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...

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...

Smoke continues to plague Western Montana

MISSOULA - The wildfire smoke is here to stay for another day knocking down air quality across Western Montana. Seeley Lake once again saw smoke reach Hazardous levels on Monday morning with the Missoula City-County Health Department...

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...

Weather continues to help suppress the July Fire

PHILLIPS COUNTY - Fire crews took advantage of the Wednesday's cool weather and higher humidity to get combat the July Fire which is now mostly contained. The Fire, located southwest of Zortman and north of Landusky...

New fire reported Northwest of Lincoln

LINCOLN - Fire Managers on the Park Creek Fire north of Lincoln are responding to another fire in the area. The Arrastra Fire is already estimated at between 150 and 200 acres. According to a release...

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...

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...

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...

Fire burns about 400 acres near Augusta on Thursday

GREAT FALLS-Crews responded to a fire near Elk Creek Colony outside of Augusta Thursday afternoon. The fire was caused by a power line falling on to two cows that were then electrocuted. Firefighters from...

Alice Creek Fire prompts evacuations in Northern Lewis and Clark Co.

HELENA- The Lewis and Clark Co. Sheriff's Office has called for mandatory evacuations because of the Alice Creek Fire. According to the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Facebook page, the Alice Creek Fire spread to...

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...

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...

Helena veterinary hospital ready to take in animals after wildfire evacuations

(HELENA) While residents in northern Lewis and Clark County remain under evacuation orders due to the Alice Creek Fire, Valley Veterinary Hospital in Helena is ready to take in their animals. Dr. Tia Nelson said...

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...

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 ordered in Seeley Lake, high school classes canceled

SEELEY LAKE - New evacuation orders for the Rice Ridge Fire impact more than 500 homes near Seeley Lake, and unpredictable winds and continued high temperatures are to blame for the flare up. There's an...

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...

Eastern Montana wildfires explode to 48,000 acres

MILES CITY - A series of wildfires burning in Eastern Montana blew up on Thursday and now have torched approximately 48,000 acres -- or 75 square miles. The Bridge Coulee Fire was discovered Wednesday afternoon 16 miles north...

Health officials advise Seeley Lake residents to leave due to smoke conditions

SEELEY LAKE - Health officials say the residents of Seeley Lake are experiencing dangerous levels of wildfire smoke that have never before been monitored in Missoula County. Air quality specialists now say it's essential that...

(UPDATE) Fire blocks route for dozens in GNP chalet; several other areas closed

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A wildfire has cut off the return route for dozens of people staying in a Glacier National Park backcountry chalet, leaving them the choice of remaining until rangers tell...