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East Fork fire estimated at 2K acres, evacuations ordered

UPDATE: 4:45P: The Montana Department of Transportation has closed Montana State Highway 234 because of fire activity. The highway is closed at Sucker Creek Rd. This is in the area of the East Fork Fire....

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...

Land management opportunities appear in wake of wildfires

MISSOULA - The damage from 2017’s wildfires has created opportunities in the off season as private landowners are looking to keep their property from being destroyed. Zachary Bashoor’s young land management company found its niche...

Wildfire salvage projects underway

 MISSOULA - 700,000 acres burned on National Forest land in this summer’s wildfires, and there are plans now in place proposing to salvage about 30,000 of those acres, according to Julia Altemus, executive director of the...

Evacuations lifted for Strawberry Creek Fire, Lake Frances reopens

GREAT FALLS - On Thursday, evacuation notices for residents affected by the Strawberry Creek Fire were lifted and Lake Frances reopened. According to Pondera County officials, all roads are open except Swift Dam Road, which remains closed...

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...

Northwest fires continue to rage

KALISPELL - A pair of wildfires burning in northwest Montana continue to grow. Fire managers reported that the largest blaze, the Lazier Creek 3 Fire, has been mapped at over 1,300 acres burned while the Rogers Mountain fire...

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...

Havre woman’s #MontanaStrong project raises over $9,000 for fire relief

HAVRE - People across Montana are lending help to their neighbors around the state in the midst of a difficult fire season. In Havre, Alicia Burrington is hard at work making #MontanaStrong decals, which she is...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Remembering those lost fighting a devastating Montana fire season

MISSOULA - This year's fire season has cost Montana more than just money, air quality, homes and over a million acres of land. Two firefighters paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe. One working on...

Officials set meeting for Lincoln residents on fire status

LINCOLN - Fire officials will update Lincoln residents on the status of three wildfires burning in the area at a community meeting Wednesday night. The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office evacuated residents in the...

Structures lost in Lolo Peak Fire

LOLO - Authorities have confirmed that structures have been lost due to the now 19,000 acre Lolo Peak Fire. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday that the structures that have burned are in the...

Glacier National Park guests evacuate chalet due to fire

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - Glacier National Park guests evacuated on foot from a West Glacier chalet to avoid a wildfire. Forty-two guests received an evacuation notice on Friday morning from the National Park Service to leave 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....

Central Montana rancher helps ease fire danger on his property

HELENA-With hundreds of thousands of acres burnt and smoke blurring the horizon for weeks now, can something be done to lower the intensity of wildfires? One answer is called fuel mitigation. Matt Daw, owner of the...

Stage 1 fire restrictions ordered for north central counties

LEWISTOWN  –  The Bureau of Land Management Fire announced Wednesday that restrictions have been ordered for several Montana counties in the north central part of the state. The long, hot days of summer are drying...

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...

Mandatory evacuations ordered in Seeley Lake, high school classes canceled

SEELEY LAKE - New evacuation orders for the Rice Ridge Fire impact more than 500 homes near Seeley Lake, and unpredictable winds and continued high temperatures are to blame for the flare up. There's an...

Meyers Fire triggers new evacuations

PHILIPSBURG- The Meyers fire added another 15,000 acres on Sunday and now has grown to over 53,700 acres. Fire managers report the highest activity was on the south and east sides of the fire with...

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...

Fires create smokey skies around the state

GREAT FALLS - Smoke from wildfires near Lincoln and Wolf Creek have created a hazy condition in some places around the state. The smoky conditions have led to reduced visibility in some areas. Despite the smoky skies, most...