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(UPDATE) 2-3 acres burned at Nature Park Fire

UPDATE (7:43 p.m.) HPD released more information on Friday evening about the Nature Park Fire. HPD reported that after the officer who was driving by the area first reported the fire, several other 911 calls came...

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...

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...

Part of Rock Creek Road reopens near Sapphire Complex fire

ROCK CREEK - A popular road has partially reopened near the 27,500 acre Sapphire Complex Fire burning in Granite County. Rock Creek Road is open again from Interstate 90 south to Harry’s Flat. Upper Willow...

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....

Mandatory evacuations ordered in parts of Glacier National Park

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - The Sprague fire has forced officials to order everyone to leave parts of Glacier National Park. An evacuation order is now in place for all residents and visitors from the south...

County officials making plan in case Rice Ridge Fire approaches Lincoln

HELENA - The Rice Ridge Fire has burned east of Seeley Lake for almost a month and a half, covering more than 100,000 acres and sending smoke across western Montana. Now, officials in Lewis...

Work begins to restore Sperry Chalet building damaged by fire

WEST GLACIER - U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced on Friday that Glacier National Park has begun stabilization work at the Sperry Chalet dormitory building to prepare for winter. On Aug. 31, the building...

Winter burning projects planned for Central Montana

HELENA- The Forest Service has announced plans for a series of prescribed burns over the winter months southeast of Great Falls. The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest says a total of 800 acres may be...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Final evacuation order lifted in Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE - The final evacuation order for residents living near the Rice Ridge Fire was lifted Tuesday morning. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday that after conferring with the incident management team, it...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund over $280,000

The Montana Wildfire Relief Fund has now raised almost $300,000. As of Thursday, the fund had received 44 new donations representing $5,843.51. The grand total stands at 986 donations and $283,196.75. This amount represents all...

Missoula forum spotlights impacts of wildfires

 MISSOULA - The 2017 wildfire season negatively affected people’s health and the economy in Western Montana. The Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an event Tuesday where researchers spoke with hundreds of Missoula-area residents with business...

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...