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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...

Chinn Fire burns 7K+ acres, now 75% contained

SOUTH OF WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - The Chinn Fire near White Sulphur Springs sparked on Friday and being investigated as a human-caused fire. The fire is located near the Black Butte subdivision south of White Sulphur...

Evacuations still in effect as Liberty Fire grows

SEELEY LAKE - The Liberty Fire burning between Arlee and Seeley Lake has now grown to 2,500 acres with evacuation warnings remaining in effect. While no evacuation orders are in effect at this time, the...

Health officials advise Seeley Lake residents to leave due to smoke conditions

SEELEY LAKE - Health officials say the residents of Seeley Lake are experiencing dangerous levels of wildfire smoke that have never before been monitored in Missoula County. Air quality specialists now say it's essential that...

Interior, Agriculture Secretaries looking beyond Lolo Peak Fire

FLORENCE - Some Ravalli County residents evacuated due to the 34,000 acre Lolo Peak Fire are back home. Sheriff Steve Holton said on Thursday evening that Tie Chute Lane north to West County Line Road has been moved back into an evacuation warning...

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...

Bear sightings spark concerns near Rice Ridge Fire

SEELEY LAKE - Bears sightings are becoming common in the Seeley Lake area, where garbage cans were left out after homes were evacuated. The garbage has drawn bears closer to residential areas, according to...

Wells Fargo donates $22,500 to MT wildfire relief

GREAT FALLS - Wells Fargo donated $22,500 to Montana wildfire relief efforts on Monday. The company said $10,000 will go to the American Red Cross of Montana, $10,000 to the Montana Community Foundation and $2,500...

Wildfire recovery discussed at Helena workshop

HELENA - First responders, federal agencies, nonprofits and more came together on Friday for the Montana Wildfire Early Recovery Workshop. The Montana Community Foundation and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy hosted the event Friday as...

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...

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...

Sunrise Fire mandatory evacuations still in place

SUPERIOR - By Wednesday morning, the Sunrise Fire burning near Superior had grown to 10,800 acres. The fire is 5 percent contained. Over 80 structures remain threatened by the blaze. The Sunrise Creek, Quartz Flats, Quartz...

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...

GNP lodge closing early due to wildfire smoke

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK-Xanterra Parks and Resorts announced Tuesday evening that they will close Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park for the season due to smoke conditions from the Sprague Fire, burning approximately two...

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...

Fires threaten ranches and homes along Rocky Mountain Front

The Strawberry Fire grew quickly on Monday night, but a change in wind direction helped slow that growth on Tuesday. The lightning-sparked fire was reported on Aug. 25, and as of Wednesday morning, it has...

MTN Wildfire Relief Fund approaching $300K, $50K match underway

HELENA- The MTN Montana Wildlife Relief Fund is less than $10,000 away from reaching $300,000 raised to help wildfire relief. As of Saturday, Sept. 30, donations totaled $291,251.75.  More than 1,000 individual contributions have been...

Fire conditions reported from around the state

HELENA - The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation announced Wednesday that in the last 24 hours, 17 new fires have been reported in the Northern Rocky Mountain area. The total area burned is...

Limburger Fire closes campground

HELENA-U.S. Forest Service representatives say the Kading Campground south of Elliston has been closed to assist with firefighting operations on the Limburger Fire. The fire is burning west of Kading Cabin in dense timber snags...

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...

Rice Ridge Fire holding steady at 8,000 acres

SEELEY LAKE - An estimated 250 people turned out on Sunday evening to learn more about the efforts fire crews are using to battle the 8,000 acre Rice Ridge Fire that's burning outside of Seeley Lake. The...

Sen. Tester advocates for wildfire fund to help offset USFS costs

FLORENCE - Wildfires continues to ravage thousands of acres of forests across the state, burning not just trees, but millions of dollars of Forest Service funding. That cost comes from crews and equipment. Mike Cole, an information...

Governor Bullock issues disaster declaration over wildfires

HELENA-Gov. Steve Bullock on Friday signed an executive order declaring a disaster in Montana because of the ongoing fire situation. The declaration allows the Governor to mobilize more resources to help fight the nearly two...

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...

Some evacuations lifted near Meyers Fire

PHILIPSBURG - A mandatory evacuation order in the Moose Lake area near the Meyers Fire has been lifted. However, the Frog Pond area is still under a mandatory evacuation order. The Billie Springer Memorial and Bonanza subdivisions...