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Fires bring smokey skies to Helena

HELENA - Smoke poured into the Helena Valley from fires burning across western montana. Video taken on Monday showed the poor air quality conditions in the Captial City. According to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, at times...

Sunrise fire keeps growing; evacuations remain in place

SUPERIOR - The latest from the Sunrise Fire burning outside of Superior shows that the blaze has now grown to approximately 8,200 acres and the number of structures threatened by the blaze has grown to...

Montana fire managers trying to keep a lid on spread of invasive mussels

KALISPELL - Fire crews aren't just worried about protecting homes and property across Montana. The spread of invasive aquatic mussels also weighs heavy on their minds because the mussels can latch onto firefighting equipment from...

One of the world’s largest firefighting planes stationed in Helena

HELENA - One of the largest firefighting planes in the world is currently stationed at the Helena Regional Airport. The DC-10 #912 Slurry Bomber from 10 Tanker Air Carrier is currently in Montana to aid...

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...

Crews battle fire near Three Forks

THREE FORKS - Crews are at the scene of a large grass fire located west of Highway 287 near Three Forks on Friday afternoon. A helicopter could be seen from Price Road making water drops...

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...

Lincoln area fires see little growth

HELENA - Three fires north of Lincoln have burned more than 6,600 acres as of Friday morning. The Arrastra Creek and Park Creek fires are the largest. The Arrastra Creek Fire grew over 150 acres...

Efforts continue to prevent Lolo Peak fire from spreading

LOLO - It’s a huge undertaking, but fire managers say they’re making good progress “boxing in” the Lolo Peak Wildfire with miles of control lines. It's the only approach in the standoff with a...

Firefighters detail challenges battling Sunrise fire

SUPERIOR -Firefighters continue to battle the Sunrise Fire burning southeast of Superior amid evacuations at Sunrise Creek and Quartz Creek. Reporter Eric Clements spoke to crews about the challenges they are facing in the...

Fires burning around the state

MONTANA  - West of Missoula along the Rock Creek Corridor, the Sapphire Complex has burned 6,600 acres. Residents along an eight-mile section of Rock Creek Road have been told to be prepared to evacuate. Two large fires...

Lolo Peak Fire grows over 1,000 acres in last 24 hours

LOLO PEAK - Smoke from the Lolo Peak Fire billowed into the sky Wednesday as fire activity increased.  Running crown fires pushed the fire up Falls Creek Canyon east toward Lolo Peak. Fire managers said that by...

FEMA approves emergency funding for Lodgepole Complex Fires

HELENA - Montana’s Republican U.S.  Senator Steve Daines' Office announced Thursday afternoon that the FEMA had approved emergency funding for the Lodgepole Complex Fires in eastern Montana. The Lodgepole Complex is made up of multiple...

Residents pull out as evacuations ordered near Sunrise fire

SUPERIOR - Some Mineral County residents had to evacuate their homes on Wednesday, not knowing what they'll come back to. The move came following days of uncertainty after the Mineral County Sheriff's Office issued Stage 3...

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...

Lolo Peak Fire up to 1,600 acres

LOLO PEAK - The Lolo Peak Fire keeps growing as it burns 10 miles southwest of Lolo. Fire managers reported the blaze has now torched a little over 1,600 acres -- up from 1,100 acres. A...

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...

US government rejects aid for Montana firefighting costs

HELENA (AP) — U.S. government officials have rejected Montana's request for aid in battling a group of wildfires that have been classified as the nation's top firefighting priority. Gov. Steve Bullock spokeswoman Ronja Abel 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...

Winds help Lolo Peak grow to 1,090 acres

LOLO PEAK - Gusty wind conditions made for difficult for firefighters to battle the Lolo Peak Fire on Monday evening. It was another very active evening on the very visible fire. It grew from 750 acres to...

Sunrise Fire near Superior threatens 50 structures

MISSOULA - A fire burning southeast of Superior is now #2 on the national priority list. The Sunrise Fire burning 11 miles southeast of Superior is threatening 50 structures and has now burned 2,350 acres with...

Rock Creek fires now battled as a Complex

ROCK CREEK - The three fires burning near Rock Creek have a new name -- the Sapphire Complex.  The complex, which is comprised of the Sliderock, Goat Creek and Little Hogback fires, have burned just over...

Crews continue to battle Lodgepole Complex fires

SAND SPRINGS - Weather conditions on Monday allowed hundreds of firefighters to gain ground on the Lodgepole Complex fires burning in Garfield County and Petroleum County in eastern Montana. On Monday night, Tim Engrav, the public information...

Reinforcements arrive to help with destructive Montana fires

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Crews and equipment from 34 states arrived Monday to help fight four massive wildfires that have destroyed a dozen homes in eastern Montana and forced ranchers to let their livestock...

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...