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Montana Wildfire Relief Fund: How You Can Help

HELENA-KTVH is teaming up with the Montana Community Foundation for a whole new level wildfire relief fundraising. This partnership ensures your donation dollars stay right here in Montana. Better yet, KTVH and MTN will match the...

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...

Small grass fire sparked by fireworks

HELENA - Fireworks sparked a small blaze on Tuesday that burned over a quarter acre near Kessler Elementary Just after noon the Helena Fire Department responded to a grass fire off the 2300 block of Hauser Boulevard. Within...

Fire reported near Canyon Ferry

UPDATE: - Lewis and Clark County Undersheriff Jason Grimmis said the fire is under control and has only burned between 1.5 and two acres. There's no word yet on the cause of the fire and...

More evacuations ordered near Sunrise Fire

SUPERIOR -More evacuations are being ordered near the Sunrise fire outside of Superior. The Mineral County Sheriff's Office has issued a Stage 3 Evacuation Order for Quartz Creek. Occupants of the affected area are asked...

Gianforte visits fire briefing in Lincoln

HELENA – Montana’s U.S. House Representative Greg Gianforte visited the Incident Command Center in Lincoln Thursday that is coordinating efforts to fight the Park Creek and Arrastra Creek fires. The visit was part of a...

Montana National Guard deployed to help with Lolo Peak Fire

HELENA – On Friday the Montana National Guard announced that 155 guardsmen would be deployed to help with firefighting efforts on the Lolo Peak Fire. The soldiers of Bravo Company, 1-163rd Combined Arms Battalion, and...

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...

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...

Mandatory evacuations lifted near West Fork Fire

LIBBY - There's some good news for some residents who have been forced from their homes by the West Fork Fire near Libby. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday evening that the mandatory evacuation orders...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund approaching $450,000

As of Tuesday, the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund had received 39 new donations totaling $18,331.50. Over the past month, donations have come in from people here in Montana and across the country. The Montana Wildfire Relief...

Helena area firefighters continue to chase down lightning sparked fires

Firefighters in the Helena area continue to chase down fire starts from Sunday's thunderstorm. Crews from Tri-Lakes Fire and the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation quickly contained a small fire north of Elkhorn Rd....

Yellowstone Lake re-opened after scooper planes released

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park has lifted boating restrictions on Yellowstone Lake after a large portion of the lake was closed to accommodate airplanes scooping up water to fight a...

Wildfires cost Montana $21M to date with no end in sight

HELENA (AP) — A Montana official says wildfire suppression has cost the state $21 million so far this year. Hoyt Richards of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation said Tuesday that the state is...

Storms spark small wildfires in Glacier

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - A passing storm on Thursday has sparked several wildfires in Glacier National Park. While most of the blazes are small, the Inside North Fork Road is closed between Polebridge Ranger Station...

Holmes Gulch Fire Officials: evacuations likely to remain in place Friday

(HELENA) Residents in northern Jefferson County will remain under evacuation through Friday, as crews deal with a wildfire south of Helena. Authorities say they saw no significant growth or activity on the Holmes Gulch Fire...

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...

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...

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...

New post-fire recovery plan implemented after devastating fire season

MISSOULA - The summer of 2017 brought one of the hottest and driest fire seasons on record in the Northern Rockies. Regional Forester Leanne Marten saw the need for an accelerated approach to recover the post-fire...

Lightning caused Park Creek Fire continues to burn

A Type Two Incident Management Team has been brought in to combat the Park Creek Fire in the Lincoln Ranger District. The fire started by lightning on Friday and is actively burning in heavy, dense snag...

Lodgepole fire grows to 270,000 acres; 34 percent contained

HELENA (AP) — Firefighters in eastern Montana are increasing containment of wildfires that have destroyed 16 homes and scorched about 421 square miles of farmland and public land. Authorities say they have contained 34 percent...

Sapphire Complex fire grows to 15,600 acres, evacuations remain in place

ROCK CREEK - The Sapphire Complex Fire, has grown to over 15,600 acres. Some of the evacuations issued on Tuesday remain in place. The Granite County Sheriff’s Office downgraded an evacuation order for residents from Stony Creek south...

Bullock issues Executive Order declaring a fire emergency for MT

MONTANA – On Friday, Governor Steve Bullock issued a new Executive Order declaring a fire emergency for the state of Montana. “We will continue to do everything we can to make sure folks on the...

Air quality in Helena, Lincoln considered “Unhealthy”

HELENA - Wildfires burning across the state have affected the air quality in most of Montana. On Tuesday the Department of Environmental Quality listed both Helena and Lincoln areas as "Unhealthy". That means everyone should...