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Frenchtown Fire
Photo courtesy of NBC Montana/KECI

Fire Season in and Around Missoula is Surprisingly Calm – For Now

This time last year, fire were sweeping the Treasure State. What's with the sudden change in smokeless air and lack of forest fires?

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Missoula Rural Fire
photo courtesy of Missoula Rural Fire

Small Fires Near Nine-Mile and Clinton Keep Crews Busy [AUDIO]

Two separate wildfires were discovered in the Nine Mile area west of Missoula and near Clinton, east of Missoula on Thursday.

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Dog on Leash
Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images

Pet Owners are Reminded of Responsiblity to Keep Dogs on Leash, Dog/Human Conflict More Frequent

The Pattee Canyon Area is one of the more popular recreation areas where conflicts between dogs as well as conflict between people and dogs have become more frequent.

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photo courtesy of Darlene Richards

Smoke West of Missoula From Prescribed Burns [AUDIO]

Smoke visible coming from west of Missoula is the result of several prescribed burns being conducted by the Nine Mile Ranger District.

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Grass Fire
Photo by Peter Christian

Updated – Grass Fire Started by Lightning Hitting Power Line [AUDIO]

UPDATE - Saturday, August 31, 10:30 a.m.

According to a news release from the Missoula City Fire Department, the grass fire Friday night was caused by a lightning strike that struck a Northwest Energy power line. It appears that the lightning struck a cross member near the top of the pole and caught fire, dropping embers to the ground, catching the grass on fire.

The fire is estimated to be about 80 acres in size, and was 100% contained, however, crews will remain on the scene throughout the day to mop up any hot spots.

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Schoolhouse Fire
photo by Peter Christian

Schoolhouse – West Fork Fires Putting Up Smoke Visible in Missoula [AUDIO]

The Schoolhouse Fire burning near Highway 12 about 20 miles from Lolo is putting up smoke that is visible from Missoula.

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Firestone Flats Fire David King

UPDATE – Evacuations Lifted on Firestone Flats Fire [AUDIO]

UPDATE - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 30

Fire Information officer Brian LaMoure at the Firestone Flats fire burning on the Flathead Reservation said residents will be allowed back into their homes as of 5:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

"The really good news is that, conditions permitting, that we're going to allow the residents back into their homes tonight at 5 o'clock," LaMoure said. "They'll have to check in at what they call the Wye, but they're also waiting because we're grading the road, which is making the residents very happy, as well. The fire's heavy equipment has been going over that road and it needed some improvement to get them in and out quickly and safely, but we're pleased to be allowing residents back into their homes, conditions permitting."

LaMoure said the fire is now about 40% contained, still at around 1750 acres, and said the costs associated with the fire are now above $750,000. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, although there has been no lightning in the area for over a week.
Fire Information Officer Brian LaMoure

UPDATE - 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 29

The Firestone Flats fire burning on the Flathead Reservation has been held to 1750 acres, according to fire information officer Cindy Super.

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Gold Creek cabin
photo courtesy of Jess Secrest/

Gold Creek Fire East of Missoula Now 40% Contained [AUDIO]

The Gold Creek Fire, burning about 15 miles northeast of Missoula is holding steady at about 175 acres, and has been declared 40% contained.

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Lightning Fire Burning in Wilderness Near Gold Creek Northeast of Missoula

Inciweb reports that firefighters are responding to a new fire approximately 17 miles northeast of Missoula and three miles east of Boulder Lake in the Gold Creek area on the Missoula Ranger District.

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West Mullan Fire
photo courtesy of KECI-TV/NBC Montana

UPDATE – More Evacuations Ordered in West Mullan Fire Near Superior [AUDIO]

UPDATE - Tuesday, July 16, 8:00 a.m.

Movement by the West Mullan Fire burning not far from Superior has caused more evacuations, according to fire information officer Pat McKelvey.

"There were some more evacuations ordered overnight in the West Mullan Road area," McKelvey said. "The fire burned down the slope towards those homes."

McKelvey said traffic is becoming a problem on I-90.

"Everybody wants to see the fire, see the helicopters working the area, and people are stopping on the side of the road  creating a traffic hazard," McKelvey said. "The Highway Patrol is being very aggressive in keeping people from stopping along the highway, so please don't do that."
Fire Information Officer Pat McKelvey

The fire is still at about 700 acres.

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