2013 Fire Season http://mtpr.org en Wildfire funding holding strong, but fire season is not over yet http://mtpr.org/post/wildfire-funding-holding-strong-fire-season-not-over-yet <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Montana’s State Forester Monday said the state’s wildfire suppression fund still has the vast majority of the funding provided to it by the 2013 Legislature.</span></p><p>"I think we're doing relatively well, certainly compared to last year," State Forester Bob Harrington said.</p><p>So far in 2013, the state is sitting at a little less than $2 million dollars in estimated fire costs, out of a wildfire suppression fund of about $20 million. 810 fires have been reported so far, burning 43,000 acres.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:50:16 +0000 Dan Boyce 6151 at http://mtpr.org Wildfire funding holding strong, but fire season is not over yet Latest update of the Jocko Canyon fire http://mtpr.org/post/latest-update-jocko-canyon-fire <p>Fire Information – Firestone Flats</p><p>Cause: Under Investigation</p><p>Detected: July 27, 2013</p><p>Location: Approximately 5 miles east northeast of Arlee, MT.</p><p>Size: 1,388 acres on Saturday, July 27 at 7:00 PM</p><p>Jurisdiction: Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes, Lake County Current Status: Today, Sunday, July 28th, the fire is listed at 0 percent containment. Fire activity was erratic and extreme yesterday resulting in multiple evacuations.</p> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 21:11:35 +0000 Edward O'Brien 6006 at http://mtpr.org Latest update of the Jocko Canyon fire Homes Saved from Mill Creek Fire http://mtpr.org/post/homes-saved-mill-creek-fire <p>Firefighters are feeling a lot better today about the 720-acre Mill Creek fire that broke out yesterday between Frenchtown and Missoula. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 22:14:44 +0000 Sally Mauk 5943 at http://mtpr.org Homes Saved from Mill Creek Fire New fire breaks out between Frenchtown and Missoula http://mtpr.org/post/new-fire-breaks-out-between-frenchtown-and-missoula <p>A new&nbsp; wildfire burning just east of Frenchtown and west of Missoula has grown to over 550 acres and prompted several evacuations. The fire - started by a mower sparking on a rock this afternoon - has forced homeowners between Mill Creek and Fred Lane to evacuate as firefighters attack the blaze from the ground and the air. (see map) So far, there are no reports of homes lost to the fire.</p><p></p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 23:49:58 +0000 Sally Mauk 5890 at http://mtpr.org New fire breaks out between Frenchtown and Missoula Rain delaying start of fire season across much of state http://mtpr.org/post/rain-delaying-start-fire-season-across-much-state <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State wildfire experts are saying heavy spring rain in Eastern Montana is lowering the risk for an extreme fire season across much of the state.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leaders of state and federal agencies dealing with wildfire suppression briefed Governor Steve Bullock this week.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us those officials are still expecting much more severe conditions in Southwest Montana</span></p><p></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 00:14:56 +0000 Dan Boyce 3371 at http://mtpr.org Rain delaying start of fire season across much of state