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Evacuation notices remain in place, water bodies closed near Rice Ridge fire

SEELEY LAKE - The evacuation warnings issued on Tuesday for residents living near the Rice Ridge fire burning three miles northeast of Seeley Lake remain in effect. Missoula County Sheriff authorities issued the evacuation warning...

Rice Ridge Fire evacuations now effects 1,000 residents

SEELEY LAKE - The number of residences evacuated because of the Rice Ridge Fire near Seeley Lake has grown. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office said the latest information shows that approximately 1,000 residents have been put...

Helena veterinary hospital ready to take in animals after wildfire evacuations

(HELENA) While residents in northern Lewis and Clark County remain under evacuation orders due to the Alice Creek Fire, Valley Veterinary Hospital in Helena is ready to take in their animals. Dr. Tia Nelson said...

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...

New mapping puts Gibralter Ridge Fire at 1,100 acres, meeting set

EUREKA - New overnight mapping puts the Gibralter Ridge Fire burning near Eureka at 1,133 acres. The blaze sparked during a late Monday thunderstorm and quickly grew forcing several residents to leave their homes. Fire managers say...

Evacuations, road closures in area of Sanders Co. wildfire

UPDATE (11:24 a.m.) THOMPSON FALLS - Local authorities are continuing to evacuate homes and cabins -- as well as closing some area roads -- after a wildfire in Sanders County grew quickly to 400 acres on...

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...

Evacuation warning issued for Apgar Village, West Glacier

KALISPELL - Authorities have issued an evacuation warning for Apgar Village and West Glacier due to the Sprague Fire. A predicted weather change later Wednesday, and its potential effects on fire behavior has prompted the...

July Fire expands over the weekend

GREAT FALLS - The Bureau of Land Management has updated the status of the July Fire.   Fire crews are battling the fire along Alder Gulch. The fire is 50 percent contained and no injuries have...

Weather hinders and helps July Fire

PHILLIPS COUNTY - The weather continues to challenge firefighters as they battle the July Fire near Zortman and Landusky. However, Monday’s thunderstorms provided an opportunity to implement the safety plan and re-engage when the...

Mandatory evacuations lifted near West Fork Fire

LIBBY - There's some good news for some residents who have been forced from their homes by the West Fork Fire near Libby. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday evening that the mandatory evacuation orders...

New fires spark up across Lewis and Clark County

HELENA - Several wildfires sparked in and around Lewis and Clark County and central Montana on Wednesday, placing an even greater burden on already taxed firefighters across the region. Tuesday night’s thunderstorms and lightning strikes...

Firefighter dies fighting fire west of Missoula

UPDATE (5:35 PM)- The Missoula County Sheriff's Office confirmed a firefighter died fighting the Lolo Peak Fire Wednesday. Medical crews were called around 3:00 pm to a report of a firefighter who had been struck...

Highway 200 reopens to motorists; evacuations still in place

UPDATE (10:40 p.m.) Highway 200 has since reopened to motorists after being closed east of Lincoln at the intersection of Highway 200 from mile post 92 east to Highway 434/435. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff...

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...

Fire mitigation could save your home in case of a wildfire

HELENA - The growing fire danger has many officials stressing the importance of preparing a property in advance to survive a wildfire. Officials say preparedness is something anyone who lives near the forest boundary should practice....

Reinforcements arrive to help with destructive Montana fires

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Crews and equipment from 34 states arrived Monday to help fight four massive wildfires that have destroyed a dozen homes in eastern Montana and forced ranchers to let their livestock...

Seeley Lake resident: Preparedness made his evacuation bearable

SEELEY LAKE- Evacuations are a trying time for anyone and it’s not easy to talk about the ordeal while wondering whether or not your home will still be standing in the coming days. But one...

Montana issues statewide air quality warning

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Quality Alert for the entire state due to wildfire smoke from nearby fires. This is scheduled to be in effect until 9 a.m. Thursday. Air quality is...

Seeley-Swan students start classes at Montana resort after wildfire, smoke concerns

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Students at a western Montana high school will start classes at a nearby luxury resort and ranch property after a wildfire forced evacuation of much of the town of Seeley...

Firefighters deal with tough conditions, repeat evacuation warnings on Alice Creek Fire

(AUGUSTA) Authorities fighting the Alice Creek Fire say they’re facing tough terrain and worsening weather. Fire crews have set up their command post in Augusta, but the fire is burning over a large swath of...

(UPDATE) “July Fire” near Zortman reaches 1669 acres

The July Fire has now burned an estimated 1,669 acres near the town of Zortman in Phillips County. About 135 firefighters are working to contain the fire that was first reported near the Fort Belknap...

Lookout fire continues to spread

UPDATE (5:09 p.m.) The Department of Natural Resources Conservation has designated authority to the Northern Rockies Team. The Incident Command Post will receive up to 300 personnel Monday evening. 10, 20 person crews 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...

Storms spark small wildfires in Glacier

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - A passing storm on Thursday has sparked several wildfires in Glacier National Park. While most of the blazes are small, the Inside North Fork Road is closed between Polebridge Ranger Station...