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Firefighter charged with felony arson

LAKE COUNTY — A Confederated Salish and Kootenai firefighter is being charged with felony arson for allegedly starting seven forest fires in the summer of 2014. A tip from a fellow firefighter began an investigation in which Phillip Cody Haynes, unknown age and residence, told a Lake County Sheriff&...

Control your burn

News from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Spring burning season is here. Burning is a great way to clear dead vegetation and clean up. Before you light up this spring, take the necessary precautions to ensure your burn does not become the next wildfire. Burn early in the day a...

Arlee celebrates 101 years of dedicated service Arlee celebrates 101 years of dedicated service

News from the Arlee Volunteer Fire Department ARLEE — At the recent Arlee Volunteer Firemen’s Banquet three men were recognized for their many years of service to the community, including, from left, Gary Drye, 30 years; Drew Hendrickson, 37 years; and Kelly Wolcott, 34 years. The banquet w...

Big Arm fire burns 5 acres

BIG ARM — With flame lengths spiking to 10 feet due to a gusty wind, a fire near Walking Horse Lane burned approximately five acres on Saturday.  The caller who notified dispatch at 11 p.m. heard eight or nine explosions “and now there’s a big fire,” she said, according to Joh...

Space junk possible explanation for Big Arm fire Space junk possible explanation for Big Arm fire

BIG ARM — Reports about space debris falling from a Chinese satellite’s rocket body over the Western United States fueled one man’s curiosity about a fire near Walking Horse Lane at 11 p.m. Saturday. A Big Arm resident and volunteer firefighter, Matt Sisler responded to the fire with 15 ...

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...

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