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  • Crews respond to fire along I-15

    Crews respond to fire along I-15

    Sunday, October 15 2017 10:21 PM EDT2017-10-16 02:21:05 GMT

    Multiple fire crews responded to a grass fire between the Ulm Frontage Road and Interstate 15.  

    Multiple fire crews responded to a grass fire between the Ulm Frontage Road and Interstate 15.  

  • Fire seasons are getting longer, more difficult to handle with current resources

    Fire seasons are getting longer, more difficult to handle with current resources

    Friday, September 29 2017 8:10 AM EDT2017-09-29 12:10:08 GMT

    Sue Clark, acting forestry division administrator for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, told the council the 2017 fire season was one of the hottest and driest in state history.

    Sue Clark, acting forestry division administrator for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, told the council the 2017 fire season was one of the hottest and driest in state history.

  • DNRC budget cuts could affect firefighting funding

    DNRC budget cuts could affect firefighting funding

    Thursday, September 28 2017 8:08 AM EDT2017-09-28 12:08:04 GMT
    The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation in Helena / (MTN News photo)The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation in Helena / (MTN News photo)

    The firefighting total is upwards of $63 million and many of the bills for the equipment and aircraft used haven’t even come due yet.

    The firefighting total is upwards of $63 million and many of the bills for the equipment and aircraft used haven’t even come due yet.

  • Efforts to protect Lake McDonald Lodge from Sprague fire continue

    Efforts to protect Lake McDonald Lodge from Sprague fire continue

    Saturday, September 9 2017 4:34 PM EDT2017-09-09 20:34:10 GMT

    The thick smoke in Glacier National Park grounded helicopters from attacking the Sprague and Adair peak fires, but it also gave fire crews time to set up more defenses to protect Lake McDonald Lodge.

    The thick smoke in Glacier National Park grounded helicopters from attacking the Sprague and Adair peak fires, but it also gave fire crews time to set up more defenses to protect Lake McDonald Lodge.

  • Highway 200 Complex fires at 20,600 acres, public meeting set

    Highway 200 Complex fires at 20,600 acres, public meeting set

    Saturday, September 9 2017 4:04 PM EDT2017-09-09 20:04:02 GMT
    (InciWeb)(InciWeb)

    A community meeting to discuss the fires will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the Plains High School Gym.

    A community meeting to discuss the fires will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the Plains High School Gym.

  • Mendenhall Fire now 70% contained

    Mendenhall Fire now 70% contained

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 11:37 PM EDT2017-08-30 03:37:11 GMT

    Firefighters gained a large portion of containment on the Mendenhall Fire, according to a new update from officials. 

    Firefighters gained a large portion of containment on the Mendenhall Fire, according to a new update from officials. 

  • Crews brace for hot weather at Sprague fire

    Crews brace for hot weather at Sprague fire

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 4:56 PM EDT2017-08-29 20:56:05 GMT

    The Sprague Fire burning on the east side of Lake McDonald shows no signs of letting up anytime soon.

    The Sprague Fire burning on the east side of Lake McDonald shows no signs of letting up anytime soon.

  • Mandatory evacuations ordered in Seeley Lake, high school classes canceled

    Mandatory evacuations ordered in Seeley Lake, high school classes canceled

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 2:22 PM EDT2017-08-29 18:22:07 GMT

    The Missoula County Sheriff has issued an evacuation order on Monday evening for residents near the Rice Ridge fire.

    The Missoula County Sheriff has issued an evacuation order on Monday evening for residents near the Rice Ridge fire.

  • Residents near Rice Ridge Fire ordered to evacuate

    Residents near Rice Ridge Fire ordered to evacuate

    Monday, August 28 2017 10:54 PM EDT2017-08-29 02:54:08 GMT
    The Rice Ridge fire is burning just northeast of Seeley Lake. (inciweb.org photo)The Rice Ridge fire is burning just northeast of Seeley Lake. (inciweb.org photo)

    The Missoula County Sheriff has issued EVACUATION ORDERS on Monday, August 28.

    The Missoula County Sheriff has issued EVACUATION ORDERS on Monday, August 28.

  • Rice Ridge fire nears 18,000 acres

    Rice Ridge fire nears 18,000 acres

    Friday, August 25 2017 4:34 PM EDT2017-08-25 20:34:08 GMT
    The Rice Ridge fire is burning just northeast of Seeley Lake. (inciweb.org photo)The Rice Ridge fire is burning just northeast of Seeley Lake. (inciweb.org photo)

    The Rice Ridge fire north of the town of Seeley Lake has grown to nearly 18,100 acres and is 16% contained.

    The Rice Ridge fire north of the town of Seeley Lake has grown to nearly 18,100 acres and is 16% contained.

  • Little change at Sunrise fire, blaze holding at 25,000 acres

    Little change at Sunrise fire, blaze holding at 25,000 acres

    Friday, August 25 2017 3:55 PM EDT2017-08-25 19:55:07 GMT
    The Sunrise fire continues to burn 11 miles outside of Superior in Mineral County. (inciweb.org photo)The Sunrise fire continues to burn 11 miles outside of Superior in Mineral County. (inciweb.org photo)

    A community fire information meeting will be held at the Lozeau Lodge Pavilion on Saturday, August 26 at 7 p.m.

    A community fire information meeting will be held at the Lozeau Lodge Pavilion on Saturday, August 26 at 7 p.m.

  • Mandatory evacuations underway for fire in Helena’s South Hills

    Mandatory evacuations underway for fire in Helena’s South Hills

    Thursday, August 24 2017 6:11 PM EDT2017-08-24 22:11:04 GMT
    HELENA - The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has called for mandatory evacuations. Mandatory evacuations are underway in the Holmes Gulch and Martinez Gulch roads. That includes Mule Trail, Doe Mountain, Timber Lane, Ponderosa Rd. and Saturn Dr. People are asked to leave the area immediately and not linger in the area. Emergency officials want Highway 282 and Colonial kept clear for fire operations. Only call the Jefferson Co. Sheriff’s Office in an emergency to ...
    HELENA - The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has called for mandatory evacuations. Mandatory evacuations are underway in the Holmes Gulch and Martinez Gulch roads. That includes Mule Trail, Doe Mountain, Timber Lane, Ponderosa Rd. and Saturn Dr. People are asked to leave the area immediately and not linger in the area. Emergency officials want Highway 282 and Colonial kept clear for fire operations. Only call the Jefferson Co. Sheriff’s Office in an emergency to ...
  • New Fire South Of Dillon

    New Fire South Of Dillon

    Thursday, August 24 2017 12:35 AM EDT2017-08-24 04:35:46 GMT

    The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Dillon Unit is responding to a new wildfire located approximately 4 miles east of Clark Canyon Reservoir in Beaverhead County.  This fire is burning in grass and brush with pockets of timber east of Interstate 15.  DNRC personnel are fighting this fire alongside Beaverhead County Rural Fire Departments and resources from the US Forest Service,  Montana Air National Guard, and National Wildlife Refuges....

    The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Dillon Unit is responding to a new wildfire located approximately 4 miles east of Clark Canyon Reservoir in Beaverhead County.  This fire is burning in grass and brush with pockets of timber east of Interstate 15.  DNRC personnel are fighting this fire alongside Beaverhead County Rural Fire Departments and resources from the US Forest Service,  Montana Air National Guard, and National Wildlife Refuges....

  • Lolo Peak fire at 33,000 acres, Red Flag Warning issued

    Lolo Peak fire at 33,000 acres, Red Flag Warning issued

    The Lolo Peak fire continues to burn between Lolo and Florence in the Bitterroot Valley. (MTN News photo)The Lolo Peak fire continues to burn between Lolo and Florence in the Bitterroot Valley. (MTN News photo)

    Fire managers are gearing up for a windy afternoon that could test the fire lines on the 33,000-acre Lolo Peak fire.

    Fire managers are gearing up for a windy afternoon that could test the fire lines on the 33,000-acre Lolo Peak fire.

  • Sunrise fire holding steady, public meeting set

    Sunrise fire holding steady, public meeting set

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 2:05 PM EDT2017-08-23 18:05:02 GMT
    The Sunrise fire continues to burn 11 miles outside of Superior in Mineral County. (inciweb.org photo)The Sunrise fire continues to burn 11 miles outside of Superior in Mineral County. (inciweb.org photo)

    The blaze remains at just under 25,000 acres and is still 50% contained.

    The blaze remains at just under 25,000 acres and is still 50% contained.

  • Evacuation orders remain in place near Sunrise fire

    Evacuation orders remain in place near Sunrise fire

    Sunday, August 13 2017 3:20 PM EDT2017-08-13 19:20:05 GMT
    The Sunrise fire is burning 11 miles southeast of Superior. (inciweb.org photo)The Sunrise fire is burning 11 miles southeast of Superior. (inciweb.org photo)

    Evacuation orders for folks living near the 18,600 acres Sunrise fire remain in effect as the blaze continues to burn.

    Evacuation orders for folks living near the 18,600 acres Sunrise fire remain in effect as the blaze continues to burn.

  • Meyers fire at 13,700 acres outside of Philipsburg

    Meyers fire at 13,700 acres outside of Philipsburg

    Sunday, August 13 2017 2:50 PM EDT2017-08-13 18:50:05 GMT
    The Meyers fire is burning outside of Philipsburg. (courtesy photo)The Meyers fire is burning outside of Philipsburg. (courtesy photo)

    Evacuations are still in place for residents in the Frog Basin Pond, Copper Creek Campground and Moose Lake areas.

    Evacuations are still in place for residents in the Frog Basin Pond, Copper Creek Campground and Moose Lake areas.

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  • UPDATE: Two injured in Ennis shooting

    UPDATE: Two injured in Ennis shooting

    Monday, February 19 2018 9:44 PM EST2018-02-20 02:44:40 GMT

    The Madison County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that happened Monday. 

    The Madison County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that happened Monday. 

  • Search continues for missing Flathead skier, name released

    Search continues for missing Flathead skier, name released

    Monday, February 19 2018 10:10 PM EST2018-02-20 03:10:35 GMT
    KALISPELL - The search continues for a missing skier in the Flathead valley. Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry has identified the skier as Dr. Jonathan Scott Torgerson, 62, from Columbia Falls. Torgerson is a long-practicing area physician. Curry reports that on Saturday around 7:15 p.m. the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an overdue backcountry skier who was reported to have been skiing alone in the Flower Point area of Whitefish Mountain...
    KALISPELL - The search continues for a missing skier in the Flathead valley. Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry has identified the skier as Dr. Jonathan Scott Torgerson, 62, from Columbia Falls. Torgerson is a long-practicing area physician. Curry reports that on Saturday around 7:15 p.m. the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an overdue backcountry skier who was reported to have been skiing alone in the Flower Point area of Whitefish Mountain...
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