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Lincoln fires continue to burn; no major growth over the weekend

LINCOLN - Several fires continue to burn near Lincoln. The Alice Creek, Park Creek and Arrastra Creek fires are burning in the Lincoln Ranger District. The Alice Creek Fire, the newest fire, started on Saturday and...

Alice Creek Fire continues to grow

HELENA-The Alice Creek Fire grew an additional 400 acres on Tuesday, to an estimated 6,141 acres. According to fire managers, the bulk of the fire's growth was along the southwestern part of the fire in...

Crews work to prevent wildfires in Pines Recreation Area

VALLEY COUNTY – For two years in a row now, overgrown vegetation in the Fort Peck area has prompted several firefighter agencies to be dispatched to manage. Local, state, and federal firefighters have been dispatched...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Mandatory fire evacuations ordered for some residents near Rock Creek

ROCK CREEK - The Granite Country Sheriff's Office has issued evacuation orders due to the Sapphire Complex fires burning in the Rock Creek drainage. Mandatory evacuations are from Hogback homestead south to the Kyle...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Air Quality “Hazardous” in Seeley Lake

MISSOULA - Air quality levels are considered hazardous because of a pair of growing wildfires in the Seeley Lake area. Smoke from the Rice Ridge and Liberty fires settled over the Seeley Lake area, causing the unhealthy air conditions.The Montana Department...

Park Creek Fire burned more than 1,000 acres in last 24 hours

UPDATE: The Forest Service is now reporting that the Park Creek fire has burned 1,600 acres. LINCOLN - The Park Creek Fire near Lincoln has now grown to an estimated 1,455 acres according to Kathy Bushnell...

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...

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...

Lolo Peak firefighters look to use weather to their advantage

LOLO - Firefighters are expressing relief for Sunday's rain, and the cooler weather which moved in over the Lolo Peak Fire. But the fire's incident commander says it's not a time to become "numb" to...

Evacuation warning issued for Apgar Village, West Glacier

KALISPELL - Authorities have issued an evacuation warning for Apgar Village and West Glacier due to the Sprague Fire. A predicted weather change later Wednesday, and its potential effects on fire behavior has prompted the...

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...

Lightning sparks overnight fire near Cascade

GREAT FALLS-Volunteer firefighters were called out last night for a wildfire off of Adel Road, several miles southeast of Cascade. Cascade Volunteer Fire Chief Eric Tilleman says when they arrived at the scene, the fire...

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...

Officials say July Fire may be human-caused

GREAT FALLS - The "July Fire" burning near Zortman and Landusky is now suspected to be human-caused. There is no word yet whether it was intentional or accidental, but a source told MTN News last week...

Chinn Fire burns 7K+ acres, now 75% contained

SOUTH OF WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - The Chinn Fire near White Sulphur Springs sparked on Friday and being investigated as a human-caused fire. The fire is located near the Black Butte subdivision south of White Sulphur...

Evacuations, road closures in area of Sanders Co. wildfire

UPDATE (11:24 a.m.) THOMPSON FALLS - Local authorities are continuing to evacuate homes and cabins -- as well as closing some area roads -- after a wildfire in Sanders County grew quickly to 400 acres on...

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...