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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...

Park Creek Fire causes road closures and HWY 200 traffic delays

LINCOLN - An emergency order has been issued for some Forest Service Roads in the Lincoln District near the Park Creek Fire. Fire crews continued to battle the fire a few miles north of Lincoln on...

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...

Rice Ridge fire holds steady, public meeting set

SEELEY LAKE - There's been little change at the scene of the Rice Ridge fire that's burning outside the town of Seeley Lake. The blaze has burned nearly 6,900 acres and remains 0% contained. The...

Hundreds of homes evacuated near Lolo Peak fire

LOLO - The Missoula County Sheriff's Office has ordered more residents to immediately leave the area of the Lolo Peak fire. A new evacuation order is was issued at 10 p.m. for homes along U.S....

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...

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...

Officials warn residents of flash flooding near July Fire

GLASGOW - Officials are warning residents near the July Fire to be alert for the possibility of flash flooding. The Bureau of Land Management Office for the Montana and Dakotas said if the forecasted amount of...

Lightning sparked fired burns 10 acres near Lake Helena

The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation says lightning from a Sunday night thunderstorm sparked a fire near Lake Helena. The fire was first reported around 7:20 p.m. Fire crews from Tri-Lakes, East Valley, Eastgate and...

Type I Incident team ordered to Lolo Peak Fire

MISSOULA - Gusty winds keep pushing the Lolo Peak fire and a top level team is now coming in to manage the lightning-sparked blaze. A Type I Incident Management Team is set to take over...

Lolo Peak fire at 4,800 acres

LOLO PEAK - The Lolo Peak gas has grown to approximately 4,800 acres and remains 0 percent contained as it burns in rugged terrain southwest of Lolo. Fire managers report that crews used a pair...

Mandatory evacuations ordered at Sunrise Fire

SUPERIOR - A new mandatory evacuation order was issued Wednesday morning for residents living near the 14,600-acre Sunrise Fire. The Mineral County Sheriff's Office placed residents in the Upper Cougar Gulch area under a Stage 3...

All the latest information on Lolo Peak Fire evacutaions

As of Aug 24: The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office has issued new evacuation orders near the Lolo Peak Fire in the Florence area on Wednesday evening. Here is a listing of the evacuation orders and...

Alice Creek Fire grows to more than 11,500 acres, parts of Highway 200 closed

HELENA- The Lewis and Clark Co. Sheriff's office has closed Highway 200 east of Rogers Pass because of dangerous fire conditions. Over the past 24 hours, the Alice Creek Fire has grown by more than...

Highway 200 reopens to motorists; evacuations still in place

UPDATE (10:40 p.m.) Highway 200 has since reopened to motorists after being closed east of Lincoln at the intersection of Highway 200 from mile post 92 east to Highway 434/435. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff...

Costs from major natural disasters can stress state budgets

ATLANTA (AP) — A summer of natural catastrophes, from epic hurricanes to scorching wildfires, has exposed another peril in disaster-prone states: How to pay for the rescues, repairs and rebuilding. The combined tab from Hurricanes...

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...

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...

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...

Ranchers help with hay donations to those affected by drought and fire

HELENA - Montana ranchers are reaching out to help their fellow agriculture producers who were hit hard by wildfires. Areas like Glasgow and Jordan were hard-hit by drought and then got slammed by the Lodge Pole...

FWP closes Seeley Lake for firefighting operations

HELENA - Seeley Lake is once again closed for fire fighting efforts. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks reported Monday afternoon that fire crews are using the water to fight the Rice Ridge Fire. The lake...

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...

FWP closes Lake Frances for fighting efforts

HELENA - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced Tuesday that Lake Frances in Pondera County will be closed for fire fighting efforts. The lake located near Valier will be closed so fire crews can use...

Wildfire near Zortman prompts evacuations

GREAT FALLS - A wildfire burning near Zortman is prompting evacuations in the area. The fire is about 45 miles south of Malta. The fire was reported at about 4:30 p.m. on Monday, and has burned at...

Park Creek Fire continues to grow; road closures still in place

LINCOLN - The Park Creek Fire continues to grow with very little containment as firefighters battle the blaze located a few miles north of Lincoln. The fire is now at 1,856 acres, 250 acres larger than...