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Southwest Montana Sees Over 24 Fire Starts in One Week, Approximately Seven Were Human Caused

The air around Missoula may be filled with smoke during the second week of August, but most of that is from Idaho, not Montana. Chris Johnson of the Lolo National Forest says that local crews have been able to keep fire starts down thanks partly to higher humidity, however, there have been multiple opportunities for a bigger blaze.

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Gold Pan Complex Expands, But Not Toward Montana

The Gold Pan Complex fire is still burning just about ten miles from the western Montana Border in Eastern Idaho.

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Red Flag Warning Issued for Western Montana, 40 M.P.H. Winds and Lightning Expected

Most of Western Montana will be under a red flag warning this afternoon, August 9.

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Moose Meadows Fire 80 Percent Contained, Fight Continues in Difficult Terrain

The Moose Meadows fire burning to the east of Georgetown Lake is getting closer and closer to being fully contained.

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Frequent Human Caused Forest Fires Keep Missoula Stage One Restrictions in Place Despite Fire Danger Decline

The fire danger level in Missoula county and most of southwestern Montana has changed, however, stage one restrictions are still in place.

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Butte Cabin Fire Near Missoula Cut Back to Just Eight Acres

A tanker flying back to Missoula spotted a new fire in the hills just southeast of town late Monday evening, but quick work by fire crews have limited the damage.

The Butte Cabin Fire is still burning about 25 miles south east of Missoula and so far the cause of the blaze is still undetermined

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After $2.3 Million, The Gold Creek Fire is Almost Fully Contained

The Gold Creek Fire north east of Missoula is at nearly 100 percent containment.

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Missoula County in Extreme Fire Danger After Nearly 20 Human Caused Fires in One Week

Missoula County has now reached the highest fire danger level possible with a new "extreme" fire danger declaration by the Missoula County Fire Protection Association.

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Jocko Fire Reaches Reaches 1500 Acres on Sunday, Likely Human Caused

Dry temperatures and gusty winds carried a fire in the Jocko canyon to over 700 acres in just a matter of hours on Saturday, July 28. Smoke from the fire blanketed Missoula by the afternoon.

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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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