Montana News

Friday, May 26, 2017

Blacktail Canyon Fire Near Homestake Pass is 65% Contained

Fast work from firefighters has kept the Blacktail Canyon Fire at about five acres. The forest fire in dead, standing trees about 4 miles southeast of Butte, was reported Wednesday afternoon near Homestake Pass. According to Leona Rodreick of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, crews have built fireline around two-thirds of the fire and the weather seems to be cooperating today, helping the firefight. No injuries reported. Two fire engines and a water tender are on the lines, along with the Helena Hotshots.
KBAZ-FM 96.3

Fire destroys Lincoln home

A fire gutted a Lincoln home on Thursday. Officials say the home was destroyed. A volunteer firefighter was driving along the 3100 block of Stemple Pass Road at around 11:25 a.m. when he noticed smoke coming out of the windows of a modular home. Lincoln Fire Chief Zach Muse said the firefighter was able to call in the house fire to dispatch on his radio. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. No one was home at the time.
Helena Independent Record

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Crews fight Blacktail Canyon Fire

The Blacktail Canyon Fire was reported around 2 p.m. Wednesday and is burning in heavy standing dead timber. Somewhere between four and fire acres have been burned, with 0-percent containment. Firefighters are on scene and are working to secure the perimeter to prevent the fire from growing. High winds gusting to 43 mph as well as thick stands of dead timber are areas of concern they say. Structure engines are in place to provide protection to structures in the area. Resources from the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and the City-County of Butte-Silverbow are working together to manage this fire.

Fire crews battle blazes in Butte area

A fire destroyed a house in a rural area south of Butte this afternoon. The fire was reported at this home in Divide off of Highway 43 along the Big Hole river about 20 miles south of Butte just before 1:00 p.m. Wednesday. The residence was fully involved in flames by the time firefighters from several departments arrived. They quickly attacked the fire and prevented it from spreading. Because it is in a rural area, water had to be brought to the scene by tanker trucks. Frank Kluesner, Beaverhead County Sheriff told us about the crews, "We got a quick response from agencies from Dillon, Melrose, Wise River and Butte, and as well as forest service and BLM resources in the area as well, so everybody pulls together and gets the job done."
KXLF-TV 4 Butte

Whitefish working out ‘bugs’ of new siren

The 10 o’clock nighttime siren is back for all to hear in Whitefish, but the last thing residents expected Tuesday night was a blast that lasted for an entire minute. It’s been quiet in Whitefish while the new City Hall was under construction. Now that it’s open, the curfew siren — a time-honored tradition for 98 years — is once again an evening ritual. But it’s not supposed to blare for an entire minute, and the city is working on a fix. “You may be wondering why the siren is going off so much or why it lasted way too long last night,” Whitefish City Manager Adam Hammatt said in an advisory late Wednesday. “We are trying to work the bugs out of the new system. The new system, evidenced by last night’s long blast, didn’t want to let us set the timing for less than 1 minute.”
Big Fork Eagle

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