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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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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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University of Montana Official Challenges Charges That Free Speech is Endangered on Campus [AUDIO]

On May 9, the University of Montana entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division to address problems regarding sexual harassment and sexual assault. Since that time, a group called the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has criticized the agreement, calling it a threat to free speech on campus.

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Fire That Killed Dozens of Pets in Missoula Caused by Candle [AUDIO]

The fire on May 29 that killed dozens of pets, including dogs, cats, chickens, cockatiels and other animals was caused by a candle that caused other combustibles to burn, causing over $45,000 in damage to the home, injuring two human residents, as well.

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