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Rice Ridge fire explodes, grows to 101K acres

SEELEY LAKE- The Rice Ridge Fire consumed 48,530 acres on Sunday, with the last infrared flight estimate at 10:45 p.m. Sunday night placing the fire at 101,424 acres. Fire information officer Mark Vosburgh said most...

Tips to protect your home during fire season

HELENA - It will likely be a long time before people forget the 2017 fire season in the Tri-County area and with the warm weather on the way, a new fire season is ahead. While...

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...

Park Creek Fire burned more than 1,000 acres in last 24 hours

UPDATE: The Forest Service is now reporting that the Park Creek fire has burned 1,600 acres. LINCOLN - The Park Creek Fire near Lincoln has now grown to an estimated 1,455 acres according to Kathy Bushnell...

Firefighters detail challenges battling Sunrise fire

SUPERIOR -Firefighters continue to battle the Sunrise Fire burning southeast of Superior amid evacuations at Sunrise Creek and Quartz Creek. Reporter Eric Clements spoke to crews about the challenges they are facing in the...

Evacuation warning issued as Rice Ridge fire explodes to 4,000 acres

MISSOULA - The Rice Ridge Fire burning three miles from Seeley Lake grew dramatically on Monday and has now blazed through nearly 4,000 acres. The growth of the fire has prompted authorities to issue an evacuation...

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...

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...

Fire erupts in North Delphia; road closures and evacuations in place

ROUNDUP - A fire burning more than 1,000 acres in Musselshell County was growing on Friday, according to the Musselshell County Disaster and Emergency Services. What’s being called the North Delphia Fire is now about 1,200...

USDA offers help to farmers and ranchers affected by wildfires

MONTANA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted emergency funding to help aid those affected by wildfires in Montana. The state could see as much as $3 million for a special two-week signup period...

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...

12 homes destroyed; Lodgepole Complex Fire still not contained

JORDAN - Citing active wildfires and extreme fire danger across the state, Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order declaring a fire emergency in Montana on Sunday. The Lodgepole Complex fires, which consists of four fires burning in eastern...

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 Wildfire Relief Fund starts evaluating first grant applications

HELENA - The MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund is starting to evaluate applications, as it gets ready to award its first round of grants. The fund is a partnership between the Montana Television Network and...

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...

New evacuations ordered on Alice Creek Fire

HELENA-Late Saturday night the Lewis and Clark Co. Sheriff's Office ordered new evacuations on the Alice Creek Fire northeast of Lincoln. At approximately 11:00 p.m. the Sheriff's Office posted mandatory evacuations for, "residents on both...

Crews battling wildfires near Polson

POLSON - Crews are on the scene of a pair of wildfires that have broken out in Lake County. The CSKT Division of Fire is on the scene of the blazes that are burning just above...

Yellowstone’s fire history helps crews prepare for this season

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - With temperatures predicted to hit the 90s and a long dry spell on the way, Yellowstone National Park is gearing up for fire season. Fire is an important part of reality...

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...

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...

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...

Firefighters: Rice Ridge Fire could burn until October

SEELEY LAKE - Hundreds of Seeley Lake residents showed up to a public meeting Thursday evening, eager for information on the Rice Ridge Fire. Weather has played a big role in how the nearly 6,900 acre blaze...

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...

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...

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...