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Rice Ridge Fire grows over 1,000 acres

SEELEY LAKE - The Rice Ridge Fire burning just outside of the town of Seeley Lake has now grown to nearly 10,200 acres and is 10 percent contained. A public meeting will be held at 6...

60 MANG members to be deployed to Lolo Peak Fire

GREAT FALLS -  60 members of the Montana Air National Guard have been activated by the state of Montana. The deployment is in response to Governor Steve Bullock's  Executive Order declaring a fire emergency in Montana...

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...

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,...

Montana Wildfire Relief donations top $260K

The Montana Wildfire Relief Fund has now raised more than a quarter of a million dollars. As of Tuesday, the fund had received 871 donations and now stands at $262,441.32. That figure includes a $50,000...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund receives two anonymous donations totaling $40K

MONTANA - The Montana Wildfire Relief Fund received two anonymous donations this week for $40,000. In total, nine donations were received totaling $44,835.82. Since the launch in September, the fund has received 1,498 donations totaling $583,241.59. The fund is...

Lookout fire continues to spread

UPDATE (5:09 p.m.) The Department of Natural Resources Conservation has designated authority to the Northern Rockies Team. The Incident Command Post will receive up to 300 personnel Monday evening. 10, 20 person crews have been...

Western and northwestern Montana under Stage II fire restrictions

MISSOULA - Both western and northwestern Montana are now under Stage II fire restrictions. That means the summer will be without campfires now that most lands in those areas. The ban, which also restricts outdoor smoking and other work...

Firefighter dies fighting fire west of Missoula

UPDATE (5:35 PM)- The Missoula County Sheriff's Office confirmed a firefighter died fighting the Lolo Peak Fire Wednesday. Medical crews were called around 3:00 pm to a report of a firefighter who had been struck...

Better weather expected for western Montana firefighters

HELENA (AP) — Better weather was expected to help firefighters in western Montana battle a blaze that forced the evacuation of 165 residences on Sunday. Fire information officer Sig Palm says the winds are supposed...

Seeley Lake resident: Preparedness made his evacuation bearable

SEELEY LAKE- Evacuations are a trying time for anyone and it’s not easy to talk about the ordeal while wondering whether or not your home will still be standing in the coming days. But one...

Fire danger prompts Weyerhaeuser to close lands to hunters

COLUMBIA FALLS - Some Western Montana hunters will need to find a new place to seek out their prey. Weyerhaeuser has announced that all its lands in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Missoula, Sanders and Ravalli counties...

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,...

MTN Wildfire Relief Fund now over $300,000

HELENA- The MTN Montana Wildlife Relief Fund has now received over $300,000 in donations to help with wildfire relief. On Monday, 77 new donations had been made totaling $12,783.99. This brings the fund to $304,035.74. Currently, there is a generous...

Greasy rags spark Billings kitchen fire

BILLINGS - The spontaneous ignition of greasy rags caused $15,000 damage to a Billings arcade Sunday morning, Billings firefighters said. Firefighters responded to the kitchen blaze at Bones Arcade, 1425 Broadwater Ave., at 7:30 a.m....

Wildfires affect the air quality; could continue through the weekend

HELENA - The Montana Department of Environmental Quality said Wednesday that wildfires across the state have caused hazy skies and moderate air conditions. The July Fire near Zortman and the Howard Fire near Forsyth are...

New fires spark up across Lewis and Clark County

HELENA - Several wildfires sparked in and around Lewis and Clark County and central Montana on Wednesday, placing an even greater burden on already taxed firefighters across the region. Tuesday night’s thunderstorms and lightning strikes...

Fire near Arlee explodes to 2,000 acres

ARLEE - The latest numbers show that the Liberty Fire burning east of Arlee exploded to 2,000 acres on Sunday. The explosive fire growth prompted Missoula County Sheriff's Office deputies to go door-to-door to around...

National Guard joins crews to battle Meyers Fire

HELENA - The Montana National Guard has joined the battle against the 13,100 acre Meyers Fire that's burning in Granite County. A CH-47D Chinook helicopter and 15 soldiers were mobilized on Sunday to support the fight...

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...

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...

(UPDATE) As fires rage, Congress debates forest policy – but will it do anything?

HELENA - As fires rage in Montana’s forests this summer, the debate over the role and effect of forest policy is raging as well – but it’s uncertain whether and what Congress will do to...

Forest Service spends record $2B battling forest fires

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion battling forest fires around the country — a new record as wildfires blacken the American West in one of the nation's worst...

US, states struggle to pay spiraling cost of fighting fires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The long and brutal 2017 wildfire season is stressing the state and federal agencies that have to pay for the army of ground crews and machinery required to fight them. The...

Billings company develops new technology to help firefighters track toxic clouds

 BILLINGS - A Billings company has developed a faster way for first responders to track clouds of toxic gases during an accident, and they’re working with city firefighters to test it. Diamond B Technology Solutions...