Helena, Montana

Fire Watch

Wildfire near Essex grows to over 560 acres

ESSEX – The Paola Ridge fire burning on the Flathead National Forest near Essex has scorched 566 acres and an evacuation warning for some residents remains in place.

Video captures campers’ escape from GNP wildfire

GREAT FALLS- Justin Bilton and his 70-year old father were backpacking through Wyoming and Montana, and last weekend set up camp in Glacier National Park. The next day, they realized that a lightning strike had started a small fire, which eventually turned into the 3,500-acre Howe Ridge Fire along Lake McDonald.

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