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Arlee family supported by community after fire Arlee family supported by community after fire

  ARLEE – The Dillard family of seven still doesn’t have a permanent place to call home so the community pitched in to help during a fundraiser on Saturday. “Both Arlee and St. Ignatius communities have come together to help,” local resident Connie Pierce said. “They ...

Families lose home in duplex fire Families lose home in duplex fire

RONAN – Two Ronan families lost everything in a duplex fire Jan. 14.  Ronan Fire Chief Mark Clary said it is believed the blaze started around 11:30 a.m. on the porch of a housing unit at 34132 Loolee Drive from a heater that was left near a couch to keep a pet warm. A man who was at home in th...

Arlee family loses home in fire Arlee family loses home in fire

ARLEE – The holidays wrapped up in a blaze for a family of seven. “We lost everything,” Val Dillard said. “The younger kids didn’t even have on shoes.” A few years ago, Val and her husband Pat took over custody of their five grandchildren ages 4, 5, 6, 10 and 12. The...

Arson suspected in Ronan fire

State and county officials are investigating a suspected arson fire that occurred on Pache Lane on Tuesday, Oct. 28.  According to Ronan Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Clary a report of a fully-engulfed home came in before 9 p.m. When firefighters arrived on scene, the blaze seemed to be contai...

Safety grants offered

HELENA — AAA MountainWest is seeking applications for its 5th annual Rural Fire Department Grant program. Ten $1,000 grants are available and will be awarded in December.  Applications must be postmarked by Friday, Nov. 14.  To apply for the grants, rural and volunteer fire departments mus...

Smoke jumpers share stories Smoke jumpers share stories

News from the Miracle of America Museum POLSON— The Miracle of America Museum’s monthly second Thursday evening program in October was well attended with the showing of the 1952 feature length movie “Red Skies of Montana” starring Richard Widmark and Richard Boone. It was based on ...

Tribes contain Pistol Creek fire, burn season opens

ST. IGNATIUS — Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Fire responded to a report of a wildland fire in the Pistol Creek area of St. Ignatius around 2:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. A CSKT initial attack engine was sent to the fire along with air operations and two Native American Crews...

Tribes work to contain Pistol Creek fire

UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 24 The Pistol Creek Fire is only 40 percent contained, according to an update from Division of Fire. The fire is still at about 15 acres. No structures are threatened at this time. News from the Division of Fire, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes ST. IGNATIUS ...

Seepay Fire expected to burn for weeks

FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Fire officials on Tuesday presented a long-term fire plan to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council for management of the lightning-caused Seepay Fire which had grown to 1,050 acres. The plan anticipated the fire burning until a major weather event ends fire seaso...

Fires burn Flathead Reservation, restrictions kick in

Sunday, Aug. 17 update FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION — The lightning-caused Seepay Fire burning on the Flathead Indian Reservation 20 miles west of Dixon is currently at 1,050 acres, with hot spots primarily on the western flank. Humidity and rain throughout the past three days has s...

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