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2014 Fire Season Shaping up to be Far Less Costly Than Recent Years

A light fire season means some big savings for Montana’s fire suppression fund. The state expects to spend about 19 million dollars on fighting fires each year recently, but Montana State Forester with the DNRC Bob Harrington says we’ve only barely dipped into the fund so far this year.

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Fire Danger Improves to “High” For Western Montana [AUDIO]

Fire officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association  have moved the fire danger to “High” starting on Tuesday August 19.

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Thompson River Complex Mushrooms to Over 600 Acres [AUDIO]

The Thompson River Complex, four lightning-caused fires burning in very steep, rocky terrain, discovered Aug. 1, continues to be managed by an ICT 3 management team on the Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District on the west side of the Lolo National Forest.

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Five Acre Wildfire Burning in Petty Creek Area [AUDIO] [VIDEO]

Personnel from Frenchtown Rural Fire, along with state and federal agencies are battling a five-acre blaze currently burning in the Petty Creek area west of Missoula.

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Governor Steve Bullock Touts Forests in Focus – Supports John Walsh [YouTube]

Governor Steve Bullock visited Milltown State Park on Friday to tout his "Forests in Focus" plan, but faced unavoidable questions from the press about the plagiarism charges against Senator John Walsh.

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Frenchtown Fire Department to Hold Open House to Prepare for Fire Season [AUDIO]

The 2013 fire season saw thousands of acres burned and many homes destroyed in western Montana. 

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Fire Danger Moved to ‘Low’ + Advice to Prepare for Next Fire Season [AUDIO]

With the recent cool, wet weather in Western Montana, the Missoula County Fire Protection Association announced Thursday, September 26, that fire danger has officially been dropped from 'marginal' to 'low.'

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2013 Montana Fire Supression Costs Extremely Low Compared to 2012

In 2012, Montanans faced an extremely long fire season that plunged deep into October and, though that could still happen in 2013, signs are pointing to a significantly less expensive fire season for the state.

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Update – Lolo Creek Fire Complex Grows to 8,000 Acres- Five Homes Destroyed [AUDIO]

UPDATE - Wednesday, August 21  7:00 a.m.

Here is Peter Christian's on-air live update with Lolo Creek Complex Fire Information Officer Cindy Super.

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Update – Mill Creek Fire Almost Contained at 700 Acres [AUDIO]

UPDATE 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 26

The Mill Creek Fire is now at 700 acres in the area around Frenchtown, and fire crews are working to complete containment lines around the fire. Firefighters from local agencies and departments are working the fire today. The strategy is to keep the fire from growing.

DNRC Fire Information Officer Cindy Super said Friday afternoon that evacuees are being allowed to return to their homes,

"We pretty much lifted the evacuations, though that could change in any minute," Super said. "The fire is still active, and the other thing is that we have a lot of traffic in the area with crews coming in and out. We're keeping those roads open to local traffic and local emergency traffic only. People have been very supportive of the firefighters and we really appreciate everyone working with us to keep people safe."
DNRC Fire Information Officer Cindy Super

UPDATE 2:00 a.m. Friday, July 26

The Mill Creek Fire has consumed between 550 and 700 acres of grassland near Frenchtown. The Missoula County Sheriff's Department's Facebook page has an update list of streets and neighborhoods that have received voluntary evacuation notices.. They include: Mill Creek Road, Spur Road, Groom Road, Spring Hill Road, Bunchgrass, Junegrass, Chula Vista, Fred Lane and Porte Lane.

Fire Information officer Cindy Super as of 9:00 p.m. Thursday night..


 

UPDATE - 4:00 p.m. Thursday, July 25

Department of Natural Resources and Conservation spokesperson Cindy Super said the grass fire near Frenchtown started when a mower struck a rock, sparking the fire that raced up the hill near Mill Creek.

"The fire started around two this afternoon and it went really fast up the hill with all the light slashy fuels in the grass and its about 100 acres by now," Super said.

"We have a single engine air tanker, we have a couple of helicopters and we have crews and fire engines from DNRC, the Forest Service, Frenchtown Fire, Missoula Rural, Missoula City Fire and traffic control by the county sheriff's department and the Montana Highway Patrol. Evacuations are in effect basically between Mill Creek and Fred Lane."

Super said people who do not live in the area should stay away so that emergency vehicles can access the area.

"People can expect a delay if they're trying to get into an evacuated area," Super said. "We're really trying to keep people from clogging the roads, and we would ask if people don't need to be in this area they just need to stay away."

Super said no homes have been lost.

DNRC Spokesperson Cindy Super

 

Our news partners KECI-TV/NBC Montana are reporting a grass fire in Frenchtown that broke out Thursday afternoon.

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