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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...

Firefighter fundraiser raises over $31,000

HELENA - On Friday people flocked to the Helena Safeway parking lot for a fundraiser to help Montana's firefighters. Over $31,000 was raised along with several other items. Water, food and other items were stacked high next...

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...

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund now over $315,000

On Wednesday,the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund had received 25 new donations, representing $9,519.00. That brings the total number of contributions to 1,180 totalling $316,039.74. This includes an initial $50,000 in matching funds from the Montana Television...

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...

Fire managers report an injury at the Rice Ridge Fire

SEELEY LAKE - A contractor was hurt on Sunday morning while working on the 11,300 acre Rice Ridge Fire. Fire managers said that a contract engine was involved in a rollover crash on Morrell Creek Road....

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...

Alice Creek Fire continues to grow

HELENA-The Alice Creek Fire grew an additional 400 acres on Tuesday, to an estimated 6,141 acres. According to fire managers, the bulk of the fire's growth was along the southwestern part of the fire in...

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...

New fire reported Northwest of Lincoln

LINCOLN - Fire Managers on the Park Creek Fire north of Lincoln are responding to another fire in the area. The Arrastra Fire is already estimated at between 150 and 200 acres. According to a release...

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions begin in several north central MT counties including Lewis &...

HELENA - Fire officials announced Wednesday that Stage 1 Fire Restrictions start Saturday in several north central Montana counties. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions mean the following activities are prohibited unless specifically exempt: Building, maintaining, attending...

Rain prompts sheriff to lift evacuation orders for Alice Creek Fire

HELENA - A storm moving in has brought heavy rain prompting the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office to lift evacuation orders for the Alice Creek Fire. Sheriff Leo Dutton said his office spoke with fire...

Post-fire assessment issued for Park Creek Fire burn area

HELENA - A burned area emergency response team has issued its assessment of post-fire conditions on the Park Creek Fire north of Lincoln. According to the report, about 30 percent of the burned area, just...

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...

Lightning caused Park Creek Fire continues to burn

A Type Two Incident Management Team has been brought in to combat the Park Creek Fire in the Lincoln Ranger District. The fire started by lightning on Friday and is actively burning in heavy, dense snag...

New $50,000 match announced for MTN Montana Wildfire Relief fund

GREAT FALLS- MTN and the Montana Community Foundation have announced a new $50,000 match to the MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund. The money for the match has been generously donated by Carl and Kay Carbon...

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...

Hunters Gulch fire 100 percent contained

HELENA - The Lewis and Clark Forest Service said a small fire started by lightning that broke out last week is now contained. Forest officials confirmed that the Hunters Gulch Fire was 100 percent contained...

UPDATE: Windstorm causes roughly 8 fires to grow in Flathead area

UPDATE (2:04 p.m.) -  Nicole Stickney, a spokeswoman with the DNRC Northwest Land Office, says a Type III Incident Management Team has been engaged for management and oversight of about eight fires locally. The team...

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...

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...

Great Falls residents collect donations for fire relief

GREAT FALLS - Over the Labor Day weekend, Catherine Rafanello, an airman at Malmstrom Air Force Base, decided to haul cattle and horses and donate hay to help people affected by the summer's devastating...

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...

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....