West Mullan Fire
A Neptune Aviation P2V air tanker drops fire retardant at the base of Charette Gulch while battling the West Mullan fire in July, 2013.
MISSOULA — After a weekend of scrambling after new starts, firefighters around western Montana spent much of Monday putting together a more organized response — and warning of the increasing danger.
MISSOULA — Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is out on the fire lines in western Montana filming a documentary on climate change.
MISSOULA — When the West Mullan wildfire was just coming to life and bearing down on Superior, Kathy Duffner was there to help those in need.
MISSOULA — Fire crews were able to make steady progress in buttoning up lines on the West Mullan fire on Sunday.
SUPERIOR — A thick pall of smoke lifted over Superior and the Interstate 90 corridor Friday as the West Mullan fire continued its run, and residents looking to return to their homes and businesses grew restless.
SUPERIOR — Crews battling the West Mullan Fire have made good progress in keeping it from burning into Superior, but some structures still remain threatened on the northwestern part of the blaze.
Firefighter Todd Weidbusch looks up from watering homes and businesses as flames torch trees above Superior on Thursday.
An Eastgate fire crew from Helena waters neighborhoods as fires burned directly above Superior.
Michelle Dahinden and her poodle Chipshot wait and watch as the West Mullan fire creeps toward her home in Superior on Thursday.
A helicopter works to put out hot spots along cliff walls above West Mullan Road on Thursday.
A firefighter uses a drip torch to start backfires in the grass above West Mullan Road while battling the 4,150-acre West Mullan fire in Superior on Thursday. The backfires are used to keep the main wildfire away from homes and structures.
MISSOULA — The Mineral County sheriff's office issued more evacuation orders Thursday afternoon as temperatures rose and the humidity decreased on the West Mullan fire burning north of Superior.
The West Mullan fire near Superior grew to 2,100 acres Wednesday, prompting officials to begin making plans for a larger mandatory evacuation.
The West Mullan fire burns near Superior.
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.