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Employee Dies After Missoula Auto Body Shop Explosion [AUDIO]

An employee of a Missoula auto body shop, who was injured in an explosion and fire when a spark ignited fumes from lacquer thinner, has died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was identified as Bruce Hall, 44.

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Highway 12 Closed – Homes Evacuated Due to Rapid Growth of Schoolhouse and West Fork 2 Fires [AUDIO]

UPDATE 4:15 p.m. Monday, August 19

Mandatory evacuations are in effect in the Bear Creek area as two fires, the School House and the West Fork 2, are combining to burn hundreds of acres and send smoke billowing up over Blue Mountain raining ash on homes in Lolo and into Missoula.

Missoula County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer paige Pavalone said at about 4 p.m. Monday, that deputies were contacting residents in the path of the fires to leave their homes immediately.

"We're asking people if they're asked by a deputy to evacuate, to leave their homes right away, recover their animals and leave as quickly as possible," Pavalone said.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office Facebook page has a minute-by-minute update of areas that are under evacuation. Just moments ago, the notice was posted that Bear Creek, Elk Meadows, Lolo Creek Campground, Sleeman Creek and Thayer Road have been advised to evacuate, and that the Lolo Elementary School has been opened as a place for evacuees to gather.

There will be a special meeting for residents in the area at the Travelers' Rest State Park at 6 p.m. Monday.
Paige Pavalone

The smoke billowing above Missoula on Monday, August 19 comes mostly from the Schoolhouse Fire, currently burning about nine miles west of Lolo.

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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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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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New Fire Reported Near 2011 West Riverside Fire Location [AUDIO]

Several agencies are battling a new fire reported this morning near the location of the 2011 West Riverside fire. Cindy Super, fire information officer with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, says the fire is a little more than an acre in size, but is attracting a lot of attention.

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Monday Trailer House Fire at Futura Court in Missoula [AUDIO]

Just after 3:00 p.m. on Monday, 9-1-1 received a report of a trailer fire in the Futura Trailer Court on Highway 10 West.

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Hu-Hot Grill Fire
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Local Restaurant Evacuated After Saturday Night Grill Fire

Things got too hot at Hu-Hot Mongolian Grill and Barbeque Saturday night at about 7:30 p.m. after a reported grill fire got out of control, sending plumes of smoke through the ceiling.

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Thursday Afternoon Fire Forces Some Evacuations in Bitterroot Valley [AUDIO]

A homeowner near Reed Butte, not far from Stevensville in the Bitterroot Valley, lost control of a brush fire on Thursday afternoon, and the strong winds in the area spread the fire to over 150 acres, prompting Ravalli County sheriff's deputies to evacuate several homes in the area.

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Open Burning Ends for Missoula County, Fire Danger Raised to Moderate

Taking into account the recent heatwave, The Missoula County Fire Protection Association is announcing the end of open burning in Missoula County.

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Missoula Arson Suspect Was Facing Eviction – Placed in Jail on $75,000 Bail [AUDIO]

Travis David Crosby, 28, appeared in justice court via video from the Missoula County Jail and was charged with felony arson, after admitting to detectives that he had stared the fire that heavily damaged the Vantage Villa Apartments on June 13.

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Arrest Made in Vantage Villa Fire – Charges Could Include Arson or Criminal Endangerment [AUDIO]

An arrest was made Tuesday morning in relation to the general alarm fire last Thursday at the Vantage Villa apartments. Missoula Fire Marshall Gordy Hughes said the charges could include arson or felony criminal endangerment.

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UPDATE – General Alarm Fire at Vantage Villa Apartments in Missoula [AUDIO]

A weary Missoula City Fire Chief Jason Diehl said Thursday evening that the fire at Vantage Villa apartments was one of the largest the city has seen in many years, so much so, that officials declared a general alarm just after arriving on scene.

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