Winds in the West are helping stoke wildfires sweeping across the Northern Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest and elsewhere, posing problems for firefighters trying to contain the flames fed by drought.
MISSOULA — High temperatures and continued dry conditions were no help to firefighters in western Montana as they had to handle a pair of new blazes that started Sunday near Missoula.
More evacuations are being ordered due to heavy winds and increased activity with the Corral Fire in the Scratchgravel Hills northwest of Helena. Officials remind all those not involved in firefigthing to stay away from the fire, and all roads in the area.
HELENA - A wildfire erupted in the Scratchgravel Hills northwest of Helena, sending a plume of black smoke skyward and prompting the evacuation of about 200 homes Monday.
HELENA -- Fire crews from throughout the Helena area are responding to a quick-moving wildland fire off Franklin Mine Road in the Scratchgravel Hills area.
HELENA — A fire burning near the Madison River east of Norris has caused officials to close down a stretch of the river to floating.