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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...

Caribou fire burns 40 structures, including some homes

EUREKA - The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed 10 homes and 30 outbuildings were destroyed in the Caribou fire burning near Eureka. However, officials say this is still an unofficial number as they...

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...

Sprague Fire grows, local fire departments pitching in

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK- The Sprague Fire, which burned the Sperry Chalet and forced evacuations on the west side of Glacier National Park has now grown to over 13,300 acres. An evacuation order that was put...

Residents evacuated near Lolo Peak fire can return home

FLORENCE - Authorities have lifted the mandatory evacuation orders that were put in place over the weekend near the Lolo Peak fire. The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office has announced that effective immediately, the evacuation order...

Seeley-Swan students start classes at Montana resort after wildfire, smoke concerns

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Students at a western Montana high school will start classes at a nearby luxury resort and ranch property after a wildfire forced evacuation of much of the town of Seeley...

Alice Creek Fire burns four structures

UPDATE: 10:00 p.m.: Four structures were burned in the Alice Creek Fire, but there is no official word on what kind of structures were lost. Fire officials held a public meeting in Augusta to give...

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...

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...

Lolo Peak fire grows to 45,000 acres

FLORENCE - The 45,000 acre Lolo Peak fire continues to be active in both Missoula and Ravalli counties. The blaze has continued to move to the west, prompting the Missoula County Sheriff's Office to issue...

Meyers Fire triggers new evacuations

PHILIPSBURG- The Meyers fire added another 15,000 acres on Sunday and now has grown to over 53,700 acres. Fire managers report the highest activity was on the south and east sides of the fire with...

Firefighters report good progress on East Fork Fire.

GREAT FALLS- The East Fork Fire is burning on private lands in Blaine County, Hill County, and on the Rocky Boy Reservation, south of Havre. A small piece of Bureau of Land Management land...

Gov. Bullock issues statement on wildfires

HELENA- Governor Steve Bullock says the state is using every available resource to fight wildfires and severe fire conditions are likely to continue. In a statement issued Monday, the Governor says, "The reality is Montana...

Firefighters okay after sudden change at Liberty fire

MISSOULA-There were some tense moments at the Liberty fire burning between Arlee and Seeley Lake. Authorities report that at approximately 5:10 p.m. on Saturday several rapid wind shifts and gusts threw multiple spot fires across...

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...

Firefighters in Glacier brace for unpredictable conditions

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK- Fire crews in Glacier National Park, are laying hose and sprinklers to protect structures from the Sprague Fire. Northwest Montana and Glacier National Park remain under a Red Flag Warning for most...

Alice Creek Fire grows to more than 11,500 acres, parts of Highway 200 closed

HELENA- The Lewis and Clark Co. Sheriff's office has closed Highway 200 east of Rogers Pass because of dangerous fire conditions. Over the past 24 hours, the Alice Creek Fire has grown by more than...

Mandatory evacuations ordered in parts of Glacier National Park

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - The Sprague fire has forced officials to order everyone to leave parts of Glacier National Park. An evacuation order is now in place for all residents and visitors from the south...

New evacuations ordered on Alice Creek Fire

HELENA-Late Saturday night the Lewis and Clark Co. Sheriff's Office ordered new evacuations on the Alice Creek Fire northeast of Lincoln. At approximately 11:00 p.m. the Sheriff's Office posted mandatory evacuations for, "residents on both...

Central Montana rancher helps ease fire danger on his property

HELENA-With hundreds of thousands of acres burnt and smoke blurring the horizon for weeks now, can something be done to lower the intensity of wildfires? One answer is called fuel mitigation. Matt Daw, owner of the...

Glacier National Park releases video showing fire at historic chalet

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK- Glacier National Park released video Friday showing a fire at the historic Sperry Chalet. The main building of the backcountry lodge burned Thursday when the Sprague Fire spread to the area where...

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...

East Fork Fire: opportunities to help

GREAT FALLS-The East Fork Fire in Hill County and the Rocky Boy's reservation has burned an estimated 15,000 acres as of 3 p.m. on Thursday, nearly doubling in size Thursday morning's estimate of 8,000...

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...

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...