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New evacuations ordered near Lolo Peak fire for 300-400 homes

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As many as 300 to 400 residents in Lolo were told to leave their homes immediately on Wednesday night due to increased fire activity on the Lolo Peak fire.  The Missoula County Sheriff's Office issued evacuation orders for people and homes from mile marker 31.5 to 29.5 on both sides of Hwy 12. This includes Fort Fizzle to Balsam Root Road on both sides of Hwy 12, as well as portions of Mormon Creek Road past and including Vann Drive.  Residents must check in at t... More>>

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The Latest: Two juveniles cited for Negligent Arson in Clarkston Fire

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A fast-moving grass fire near Three Forks was threatening structures Monday afternoon and the Gallatin County sheriff's office asked some residents to evacuate.

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Fire near Miller Canyon, residents urged to consider evacuation

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A fast-moving fire south of Miller Canyon is heading north. Officials say that residents should consider evacuating the threatened area or be prepared to evacuate if conditions dictate or change.

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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests fire update

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The National Fire Preparedness Level (PL) has been raised to its highest point, PL-5.  The PL ranges from one, indicating minimal activity, to five, which signals very high activity.

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Governor declares Fire Emergency in Montana

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Governor Steve Bullock today issued a new Executive Order declaring a Fire Emergency for the state of Montana.

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Marshall Wilderness Complex Fire: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place within the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, which includes: Bob Marshall, Great Bear and Scapegoat Wilderness Area.  

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Health officials recommend evacuations due to wildfire smoke

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Health officials in western Montana are strongly recommending residents of Seeley Lake leave town due to hazardous smoke from area wildfires.

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SUNRISE FIRE UPDATE: Cougar Gulch in evacuations Video included

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Cougar Gulch is in Stage III Evacuations due to the Sunrise Fire in Mineral County.  

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Updated evacuation orders for Eureka

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Evacuations have been ordered for East Sinclair Creek.  Dispatchers at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department in Eureka say evacuations have been issued for five roads: Sherman Creek Road, Griffith Creek Road, Therriault Creek Road, Stevens Road and Grave Creek Road. The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center. 

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New fires near Eureka force evacuations

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Multiple new wildfires are burning near Eureka after Monday night's lightening storm. The largest fire burning 4.4 miles up the foothill roads is causing evacuations.  Dispatchers at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department in Eureka say evacuations have been issued for five roads: Sherman Creek Road, Griffith Creek Road, Therriault Creek Road, Stevens Road and Grave Creek Road. The evacuation notices were sent at around 2 a.m.  Several places are also ...

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Burdette Fire update: August 4

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Gusty winds expected on ridgelines will most likely lead to increased fire behavior as a cold front moves over the area. An additional hotshot crew arrives today to assist in securing line completely around the fire.

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Sunrise Fire update: August 4

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Fire managers expect the Sunrise fire to be very active August 4, as hot temperatures return accompanied by changing wind directions. The fire is at 12,300 acres with just 10-percent containment.

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'Flash drought' spreads across Montana in less than 3 months

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The drought that is plaguing eastern Montana came on fast.

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Second firefighter killed while battling Lolo Peak Fire

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A firefighter was struck by a tree while fighting the Lolo Peak Fire.

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Fire suppression forces closure of Seeley Lake waters

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is closing all of Seeley Lake waters, effective immediately, for public safety while crews use the lake water to fight the Rice Ridge Fire. 

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Evacuation warning in place for Lolo Peak Video included

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The Lolo Peak fire has established itself on the North side of Lantern Ridge. Fire crews are aware and monitoring the situation. 

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EVACUATION ORDER: Moose Lake

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The Granite County Sheriff has issued an immediate EVACUATION ORDER for the Moose Lake Area.  Law enforcement and emergency responders are in the area to assist.  Moose Lake is south west of Philipsburg. 

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EXTREME fire danger challenges fire fighters

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The main difference between extreme fires and stage II fires are the fire’s unpredictability and strength.

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Woman's car ends up in Yellowstone River

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A woman morning took an unfortunate turn when her company car ended up in the Yellowstone River.  She was checking fishing by the Culvert area, started heading back to the car and saw that it was moving. 

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Evacuation warnings for residents by Highway 83

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Missoula Country Sheriff's Office deputies are issuing an evacuation warning for residents on both sides of Highway 83 south of Rice Ridge Road and immediately south of Cottonwood Lakes Road east of Highway 83 and extending through Double Arrow Ranch.

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Seeley Lake residents in evacuation warning

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Residents in Seeley Lake are being told to prepare to evacuate. 

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Extreme fire danger in Flathead and Glacier Park

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Courtesy: Office of Emergency Services Interagency Fire Managers raised the Fire Danger to Extreme. Northwest Montana is currently experiencing critical fire conditions including extremely dry forest fuels; continued forecasting of temperatures above normal accompanied by low humidity, wind, and minimal precipitation; and competition for firefighting resources as many fires continue to burn across the State and the West. 

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Wildfires cost Montana $21M to date with no end in sight

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana official says wildfire suppression has cost the state $21 million so far this year. Hoyt Richards of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation said Tuesday that the state is burning about $1.5 million per day to fight fires.

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Seeley Lake air ruled hazardous as fires burn across Montana

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Residents of Seeley Lake are threatened by air that Montana environmental officials have classified as hazardous because of fires burning to the east and west of the town. 

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Evacuations orders for Quartz Creek

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The Mineral County Sheriff's Office has issued a Stage 3 Evacuation Order for Quartz Creek. Occupants of the affected area are asked to leave immediately. 

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Emergency funds granted for Lodgepole Complex Fires Video included

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted Congressman Greg Gianforte and U.S. Senator Steve Daines request for emergency funds to aid the state during a dangerous fire season. 

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Know your fire terms for your own safety

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Do you know the "ready-set-go" fire evacuation procedure? Learn right now...

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Crews battle elements in Goat Creek Fire (PHOTOS)

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At over 400 acres, the Goat Creek Fire has crews battling tricky conditions to get the blaze under control Started by lightning on July 19, the fire grew exponentially on July 20.

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Greyback Forestry comments on death of firefighter Trenton Johnson

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Grayback Forestry, Inc is commenting on the death of Trenton Johnson, a Grayback employee who was killed while fighting a forest fire on the Seely Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest. 

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