MTPR

Lincoln Chute

Fire Danger moved to "Extreme" in much of western Montana this week.
Josh Burnham

A wildfire burning north of Hot Springs on the Flathead Reservation grew substantially over the past 24 hours, leading to the evacuation of one home.

The Garden Creek Fire is now listed at over 1,840 acres. According to Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal fire prevention specialist CT Camel, that’s a 1,300-acre growth spurt since yesterday.

Fire fighters building fire line.
BLM (PD)

The National Interagency Fire Center raised the national preparedness level up a notch today as wildfires across the southwest and lower Rockies require more firefighting resources.

Northwest Montana remains at the lowest preparedness level.