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Weather continues to help suppress the July Fire

PHILLIPS COUNTY - Fire crews took advantage of the Wednesday's cool weather and higher humidity to get combat the July Fire which is now mostly contained. The Fire, located southwest of Zortman and north of Landusky...

Eastern Montana wildfires explode to 48,000 acres

MILES CITY - A series of wildfires burning in Eastern Montana blew up on Thursday and now have torched approximately 48,000 acres -- or 75 square miles. The Bridge Coulee Fire was discovered Wednesday afternoon 16 miles north...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Alice Creek Fire grows to 5,266 acres

AUGUSTA - The Alice Creek Fire blew up over the weekend and has now burned just over 5,250 acres as of Monday morning. The fire is zero percent contained. On Saturday the growth prompted evacuations....

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...

Lolo Peak fire at 34,000 acres, Florence evacuations ordered

FLORENCE - The Lolo Peak Fire grew to over 34,100 acres on Wednesday prompting new mandatory evacuations in the Florence area. Fire managers report the blaze became very active between Carlton and Tie Chute creeks....

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...

Weather conditions could cause “erratic behavior” for Lincoln fires

LINCOLN - Crews continue to battle three fires near Lincoln. The Alice Creek, Arrastra Creek and Park Creek fires are all burning just a few miles from each other in the Lewis and Clark National...

Lolo Peak crews brace for active fire day

LOLO - The Lolo Peak Fire has now burned nearly 37,800 acres in the Lolo and Florence areas and is 32 percent contained. Fire managers report that while burn operations and mop up continued along...

Residents near Lolo Peak Fire now under evacuation warning

MISSOULA - The Missoula County Sheriff's Office is issuing evacuation warnings for residents near the Lolo Peak Fire. MCSO said the warning affects residents on the south side of Highway 12 from Elk Meadows Rd. to Fort...

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...

Lightning Captured on Camera Starts Wildfire

HELENA - Helena Valley resident Brett Ashley Whitney captured a lightning strike that sparked a wildfire on Sunday evening.  The sequence shows the lightning reaching toward the ground and striking a telephone line.  The...

Residents left wondering after Lolo Peak Fire evacuations

LOLO - Mandatory evacuations issued on Sunday for a section of Highway 12 near the Lolo Peak Fire had people packing up and moving out. Many of the evacuees stopped at the FireWise trailer on Highway...

Glacier fires prompt closures; mostly contained

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - A passing storm on Tuesday sparked several wildfires in Glacier National Park prompting some closures. Rick Sacca with the Flathead County Office of Emergency Services told MTN the smoke from the Glacier fires and...

Firefighters continue to battle Northwest Montana fires

THOMPSON FALLS - The Lazier Creek Fire continues to rage as crews work to contain it. Fire officials said the cooler temperatures could give them an opportunity to gain ground on the fire, but...

East Fork Fire burns five cabins, five outbuildings

UPDATE 3:00PM: Fire officials say the East Fork Fire has grown to 15,000 acres. It is 10 percent contained. According to a Thursday afternoon news release, five cabins and five have outbuilding have been destroyed....

Lolo Peak fire holds steady at 7,700 acres

LOLO - A public meeting is set to take place on Thursday evening to discuss the latest information on the 7,700 acre Lolo Peak Fire. The meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. at the...

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...

Glacier National Park guests evacuate chalet due to fire

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - Glacier National Park guests evacuated on foot from a West Glacier chalet to avoid a wildfire. Forty-two guests received an evacuation notice on Friday morning from the National Park Service to leave the...

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...

Lightning sparks several fires in the Bitterroot Valley

HAMILTON - Firefighters are currently working on several new lightning-caused wildfires on the Bitterroot National Forest. Forest Service spokesman Tod McKay said a quick initial attack by fire crews has kept all of the blazes to...