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More evacuations ordered near West Fork Fire

LIBBY - Additional evacuations have been ordered near the West Fork Fire. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has ordered residents of the following areas to leave by 12 p.m. on Thursday: Kootenai River Road from...

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...

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...

Montana Fires: How You Can Help

Many people have asked how they can help the firefighting efforts across Montana, or donate to help the people affected by the fires. More than 4,000 firefighters have been involved in the battle against the...

Western Montana wildfire smoke continues to pose health risks

MISSOULA - Fires burning across the state continue to blanket Western Montana under a thick layer of smoke,  smoke that many of us are breathing in on a daily basis. The air quality in Western Montana...

Firefighters deal with tough conditions, repeat evacuation warnings on Alice Creek Fire

(AUGUSTA) Authorities fighting the Alice Creek Fire say they’re facing tough terrain and worsening weather. Fire crews have set up their command post in Augusta, but the fire is burning over a large swath of...

Montana’s 2017 fire season tops 1 million acres burned

GREAT FALLS- The 2017 fire season in Montana has been devastating for many people and communities, and as of Sept. 6, more than one million acres of land has burned. The figure comes from the...

Rice Ridge Fire grows to more than 119,800 acres

SEELEY LAKE - The growth on the Rice Ridge Fire slowed on Tuesday and now stands at over 119,800 acres burned. Fire managers report the inversion lifted enough that by early Tuesday afternoon helicopters were...

Havre woman’s #MontanaStrong project raises over $9,000 for fire relief

HAVRE - People across Montana are lending help to their neighbors around the state in the midst of a difficult fire season. In Havre, Alicia Burrington is hard at work making #MontanaStrong decals, which she is...

Highway 200 Complex fires burn 17,600 acres, public meeting set

PLAINS - The Highway 200 Complex grew on Tuesday and has now burned a combined total of over 17,600 acres. A public meeting to discuss the fires will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday...

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...

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...