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The drone pilot allegedly responsible for temporarily shutting down aerial firefighting operations on the Rice Ridge Fire near Seeley Lake Wednesday is now the subject of a federal investigation.

The U.S. Forest Service is working in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Department of Justice to determine if charges are warranted.

The money set aside to fight wildfires in Montana is rapidly dwindling as portions of the state are in extreme drought conditions. But John Tubbs, Director of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, says there’s more money available to keep up the firefighting efforts, in other pockets of state government.

“We don’t run out,” Tubbs says.

Fire activity on the more than 7,200 acre Rice Ridge Fire northwest of Seeley Lake increased today as it burns into heavy stands of beetle killed trees.

The evacuation warning is still in effect for residents on both sides of Highway 83 south of Rice Ridge Road to Morrell Creek and south of Cottonwood Lakes Road east of Highway 83, including the town of Seeley Lake and Double Arrow Ranch. No actual evacuations have been ordered.

Missoula County Sheriff and Coroner T.J. McDermott released the name of the firefighter who was killed while working on the Lolo Peak Fire yesterday afternoon. The sheriff says 29 year old Brent M. Witham of Mentone, California was killed when a tree was being cut down, and fell on him.

Lolo National Forest Spokeswoman Pat York says exact details of Witham’s death are still unclear.

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Donations of hay are pouring in from around the region to help ranchers in eastern Montana impacted by wildfires. The challenge is getting those donations to individual ranchers.

Jana Hance in Circle, Montana is coordinating the donation efforts.

The National Interagency Fire Center provides information on wildfires burning across the United States.

Aerial firefighting operations on the Rice Ridge Fire near Seeley Lake had to be shut down for a few minutes today due to a civilian drone.

This fire season there have already been more than 18 public drone incursions, most of which resulted in the temporary shutdown of aerial firefighting efforts.

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The Buffalo Wildfire that started July 24 due to lightening 31 miles southwest of Broadus, MT has spread into Campbell County, WY. A Type 3 Incident Command team has the 3,020 acre fire 95 percent contained at last report from fire managers Sunday.

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The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's department has issued an evacuation order for the 16 residences of upper Stonewall Creek Road. The residences are threatened by lightening-caused Park Creek Fire burning in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National forest north of Lincoln. 

A firefighter assigned to the Lolo Peak Fire has died. A little before 4 p.m., the firefighter was struck by a tree and airlifted to a Missoula Hospital.

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