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Zinke directs more aggressive approach to prevent wildfires

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday directed all land managers and park superintendents to be more aggressive in cutting down small trees and underbrush to prevent wildfires as the smoke-choked West...

Growth at Highway 200 Complex Fire prompts evacuations

PLAINS - Increased activity on the Highway 200 Complex Fires means more residents have to leave their homes on Tuesday. The evacuations affect residents in the area of the Sheep Gap Fire in Sanders County,...

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...

State, federal officials briefed on Rice Ridge Fire

SEELEY LAKE - Governor Steve Bullock, Montana National Guard Adjutant General Matthew T. Quinn and the new head of the U.S. Forest Service, Tony Tooke, met with Incident Commander Greg Poncin and others on...

Alice Creek Fire at 28,000 acres; public meeting set

HELENA - Fire officials say activity picked up Tuesday afternoon on the Alice Creek Fire. Officials said that the biggest concern Tuesday was shifting winds that could throw embers outside the main fire. More resources...

Tri-County Fire Safe to expand fuel reduction work with new federal grant

(HELENA) A local nonprofit will be able to help more homeowners in Lewis and Clark, Broadwater and Jefferson Counties protect themselves from wildfires, thanks to an additional federal grant. The Tri-County Fire Safe Working Group...

FWP closes Lake Frances for fighting efforts

HELENA - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced Tuesday that Lake Frances in Pondera County will be closed for fire fighting efforts. The lake located near Valier will be closed so fire crews can use...

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...