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Fires continue to burn near Billings

Fires continue to burn near Billings

Smoke from a fire near Ryegate can be seen from a home on Custer Gulch Road.

Two fires continued to burn near Billings on Monday.

A fire in Hysham Hills has charred 780 acres since it began Saturday, said Derek Yeager, the fire program manager at the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

“We’re still on scene working with the Treasure County folks,” he said.

The DNRC, ranchers and Treasure County firefighters were able to get the fire contained by 3 a.m. Sunday, and “there’s been no perimeter growth since then,” he said.

The department has been able to transfer some personnel and equipment to another fire burning in Golden Valley County, south and east of Ryegate.

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Missing firefighter found alive on remote road

DARBY — A Bitterroot National Forest firefighter missing since Sunday afternoon was found alive Monday afternoon by search crews.

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Small wildfires breaking out in northwest Wyoming

JACKSON, Wyo. — Several small wildfires have broken out in northwest Wyoming over the past several days.

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Mild so far: Officials say there's still time left for lots of wildfires

Mild so far: Officials say there's still time left for lots of wildfires

Wildfire activity in Montana has been fairly quiet so far in 2014, but officials hope residents don’t let down their guard as the season heats up.

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Small wildfires keep Montana firefighters busy

Small wildfires keep Montana firefighters busy

Firefighters attacked and monitored several wildfires around Montana over the weekend.

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Hysham wildfire eats up 500 acres

Hysham wildfire eats up 500 acres

A Hysham wildfire that broke out Saturday afternoon has devoured 500 acres between Interstate 94 and the Yellowstone River southwest of town, …

July 26, 2014 10:01 pm Photos

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Fire season in West expected to get more intense

Fire season in West expected to get more intense

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less th…

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Fire truck overturns while responding to blaze

GREAT FALLS — Authorities say a fire truck overturned after colliding with another vehicle as they were headed to a grass fire near Vaughn.

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Montana Guard sends helicopters, soldiers to help with fires

HELENA — The Montana Army National Guard sent 17 soldiers and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters to Washington state to support wildfire fighting o…

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2 Wyoming air tankers in Boise to fight wildfires

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two military air tankers from Wyoming are in Boise to help fight wildfires in the Pacific Northwest.

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2 air tankers in Wyoming to help with wildfires

BOISE, Idaho — Authorities are bringing in two military air tankers from Wyoming to help fight wildfires in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.

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Firefighters battle wildfire east of Ryegate

Firefighters are battling a growing wildfire about five miles east of Ryegate.

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Rain helps fully contain Owen Fire in Medicine Bow

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Recent rains have helped firefighters contain a wildfire in southeastern Wyoming.

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Wyoming wildfire in mop-up stage

Wyoming wildfire in mop-up stage

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Fire crews and equipment are being demobilized from a wildfire in southeast Wyoming.

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Lake Owen wildfire 80 percent contained

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Firefighters have gained 80 percent containment on a wildfire burning in the Medicine Bow National Forest west of Laramie.

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Wyoming county hires 10 firefighters for summer

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Campbell County Fire Department has hired 10 seasonal firefighters to help fight wildfires this summer.

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Fire burns near Medicine Lodge archaeological site

HYATTVILLE, Wyo. — Firefighters have put out a wildfire that burned 19 acres of grassland near the Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site on…

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Aircraft requested for wildfire west of Laramie

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Aircraft have been requested to help contain a wildfire burning in the Medicine Bow National Forest west of Laramie.

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Obama seeks $615 million to fight wildfires

Obama seeks $615 million to fight wildfires

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $615 million to help fight wildfires as the summer season is already prompting blaz…

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Could drones help fight Western wildfires?

Could drones help fight Western wildfires?

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – When it comes to analyzing dangerous wildfires, could a sensor attached to a drone ever replace a human eye connected to a…

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Musselshell County’s DES coordinator taking state job

Musselshell County’s DES coordinator taking state job

Musselshell County’s Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator Jeff Gates, who has overseen his share of major natural disasters, is moving on.

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Smoke from Canadian fires hanging heavy over Billings

Smoke from Canadian fires hanging heavy over Billings

There’s a good reason why it’s hard to see the mountains from Billings recently.

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Blaze's quick growth concerns firefighter

Blaze's quick growth concerns firefighter

The conditions that allowed the Olin fire to quickly spread to more than 1,200 acres over the weekend has one fire official concerned.

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Fire burns 1,300 acres west of Jordan

Fire burns 1,300 acres west of Jordan

Montana’s wildland fire season got off to a hot start on Friday as a suspected lightning-caused blaze that smoldered for days sprang to life n…

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Study: Red squirrels may be changing how Rocky Mountain trees respond to fire

Study: Red squirrels may be changing how Rocky Mountain trees respond to fire

MISSOULA — A squirrel’s appetite for certain pine seeds may be driving evolutionary changes in lodgepole forests across the West and altering …

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Teton views to be interrupted by anti-fire work

JACKSON, Wyo. — Some of the best views in Grand Teton National Park will be a bit harder to see over the next month because crews will periodi…

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