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South Moccasin Fire Up To 11,750 Acres

An update now on a fire that started Monday from our Lewistown affiliate KXLO’S News Director Heidi Weber.

DNRC Director Kaster Provides Update On Sage-Grouse Conservation

With an estimated 18 percent of the total greater sage-grouse population and about 20 percent of the species occupies range in its borders Montana is the northern-most stronghold for greater sage-grouse and is key to the species’ survival. Amanda Kaster Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation recently gave an upd...

Governor’s Office Provides Wildfire Update

As of Wednesday morning there were 15 active large fire incidents in Montana. There have been over 2,310 fire starts in Montana burning around 871,000 acres. Since Governor Greg Gianforte’s fire briefing the week before Wednesday there have been over 100 new fire starts. Officials estimate approximately 51 residences have been lost this year t...

Air Quality Raised To Unhealthy Across Montana

Smoke pollution from wildfires burning across the West has made the air unhealthy to breathe throughout much of western Montana. State officials said air quality reached unhealthy levels Thursday across a 20-county area and the poor air quality is expected to linger into today. Wildfire smoke contains microscopic particles that can irritate th...

Senator Daines Advocates For Better Wildland Management During Wildfire Update

Wednesday during a press conference at the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Southwestern Land Office Helibase in Missoula, Senator Steve Daines talked about the need to increase forest management to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and protect Montana families and communities.

Crooked Creek Fire Now At 20% Containment

When you hear a wildfire is 20% contained, like the Crooked Creek Fire 25 miles east of Bridger is, what does that mean? Matt Hall, Planning Intelligence Manager for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, explains.

Changes May Be Coming To How Water-Quality Is Measured

A lawsuit has been dismissed that sought to overturn a 2019 law halting the state’s practice of acquiring partial water rights when water is diverted from private land onto state land. The suit contended the law harmed the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s ability to negotiate lease terms with respect to water rights and...