Smokey Bear taught a simple message: “Only you can prevent forest fires.”
Target Range School teams received first- and second-place awards at the FIRST Lego League robotics tournament held at Montana State University in Bozeman on Saturday.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Forest Service wants to collect $6.3 million from a 77-year-old man the agency blames for causing a 2012 forest fire that threatened to burn into the town of Jackson.
Seven U.S. Coast Guard cargo planes that Congress transferred to the Forest Service for aerial firefighting won’t be in service this fire season.
Four aerial firefighting companies have protested the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to award two next-generation air tanker contracts to Missoula-based Neptune Aviation.
The location of homes in Lewis and Clark County will no longer dictate fire suppression tactics or the placement of fire lines, under a first-of-its-kind resolution signed by county commissioners.
TWIN FALLS – Wildfire veterans with decades of experience have a different perspective than the Washington bureaucrats to whom they ultimately answer.
LOLO – The locomotive rumble of flames has been replaced by the growl of chainsaws in the charred hillsides above Lolo Creek.
TWIN FALLS – When firefighters could no longer contain the flames threatening homes in Idaho’s Wood River Valley last summer, their crew leaders looked to the sky.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – When the South Canyon fire blew up outside Glenwood Springs on July 6, 1994, killing 14 firefighters, almost all wildfire crews followed a militaristic hierarchy.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho – In the U.S. Forest Service today, everyone fighting wildland fires must take certain courses, and every promotion requires completion of higher-level classes. The tests wou…
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – Flames crackling mere millimeters behind him, Eric Hipke clambered up the last steep stretch of a rugged mountainside engulfed by roiling fire.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho – When Roger Roth first explained what a fire shelter was to his brother, Jim told his younger sibling never to get in one.
Making rural homes more resistant to fire is the best way to reduce the number of homes lost to wildland fires, according to a recent paper published by Missoula researchers.
As the Lolo Creek Complex fire pushed east on a hot August day last summer, fire crews scattered up Sleeman Gulch, preparing for a wind event forecast later that afternoon.
Missoula-based Neptune Aviation has secured a new contract to provide two next-generation retardant bombers for wildland firefighting.
LAS VEGAS — Governors from several Western states told federal officials on Thursday they are prepared to take on more responsibility for fighting wildfires.
While the scars left by the Lolo Creek Complex fire have gone from black to white in recent weeks, the memories left by the summer conflagration are still fresh.
HAMILTON - A trio of state legislators from the Bitterroot Valley met with the Ravalli County commissioners Tuesday to discuss the Lolo Creek Complex fire, the Larry Creek cleanup operations, …
HAMILTON - A trio of state legislators from the Bitterroot Valley met with the Ravalli County commissioners Tuesday to discuss the Lolo Complex fire, the Larry Creek cleanup operations, what c…
MISSOULA — As winter’s snowflakes start falling on the scorched hillsides above Lolo Creek, researchers around the nation are pondering how they might prevent the kind of disaster that burned …
Twenty-five years ago this month, the Canyon Creek fire roared out of the Scapegoat Wilderness after slowly burning unfettered for more than three months, deep within the mountains, under part…
MISSOULA — A late-evening lightning storm ignited a fast-moving, wind-driven wildfire that quickly covered
HELENA — The state says a relatively easy fire season has reduced annual suppression costs.
After a record-setting fire season last year that burned thousands of acres and many homes and outbuildings in southeastern and south-central Montana, this year has been notably quiet thanks t…
Flood, hail, wind, mudslides and wildfire have already menaced our area this month — and it’s only the 10th.
BUTTE — Firefighters made good progress on the eastern, southern and western edges of the 125-acre Hells Canyon Fire on Sunday.
LOLO — In a gully above Elk Meadows Road, new green grass already pokes out of the charcoal remains of the Lolo Creek Complex fire.
The 11,900-acre Miner Paradise Complex in the Paradise Valley south of Bozeman is 75 percent contained, fire officials said Friday in a news release.
Lightning sparked a pair of grass fires in the Shepherd area on Thursday evening and in the early morning hours Friday.
A wildfire, possibly the result of lighting on Saturday night, is burning about 35 miles north of Helena and west of Interstate 15 along Sieben Flats.
LOLO – The Lolo Creek Complex fires were named the nation’s No. 1 firefighting priority on Wednesday, as a Type 1 incident command team took over and two of Montana’s top elected officials cam…
LOLO — What was a small lightning-strike fire on Saturday exploded across both sides of U.S. Highway 12 on Monday afternoon, threatening lives and burning homes as it went on a wild 3,500-acre run.
ARLEE — “We’re going to create a very large fire here,” Tony Bacon said as a team of Chief Mountain hotshots readied their drip torches.
The Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of a fire burning grass and juniper about five miles north-northeast of the intersection of Interstate 90 and Highway 287 near…
SUPERIOR — The winds won on Wednesday, driving firefighters off the mountain on the east side of the West Mullan fire at midafternoon.
MISSOULA — Superior escaped much of the high winds that rocked the Missoula Valley on Tuesday, allowing firefighters at the West Mullan fire to continue burnout operations above homes west of town.
SUPERIOR - Fire crews burned out more of the hillsides above homes west of Superior early Tuesday as the West Mullan fire continued to burn in the ridgetops above town.
MISSOULA — The signs are ominous and, to John Maclean’s way of thinking, obvious, even way up here in Montana.
A fire that broke out in sagebrush and grassland early Tuesday afternoon south of Wise River threatened homes before fire-fighters brought it under control, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said.
A fire that broke out in sagebrush and grassland early Tuesday afternoon south of Wise River threatened homes before firefighters brought it under control, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said.
A fire burned about an acre of brush along Blacktail Creek in Butte Saturday afternoon.
Dillon, Mont., Mar. 12, 2012.—The Bear Trap fire located in the Bear Trap unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness received limited moisture last night. Firefighters plan to continue to extinguish h…
HELENA — More than 42,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the Northern Rockies in a 36-hour period, sparking new wildfires in Montana and Idaho in addition to the dozens already burning…
MISSOULA (AP) — Firefighters on Tuesday were unable to contain a blaze that had burned 2,000 acres east of Missoula, but officials said they believe the threat to nearby homes had been reduced.