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Wildfire, fire management and air quality news for western Montana and the Northern Rockies.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 3, 2015

The Reynolds Creek Fire burning six miles east of Logan Pass is 67 percent contained and burning just under 4,000 acres. The fire grew slightly on Saturday due to high winds but its growth was smothered Sunday with heavy smoke.A total of $8.3 million dollars have gone into fighting the fire that’s burned in Glacier National Park the past two weeks.

A Type-1 team, which is the highest level of interagency emergency response team, is working the blaze.

Just over 460 personnel are on site with help from 12 engines and seven helicopters.

The fire is still burning close Going-to-the-Sun Road on the east side of the Park, but the road is open to Logan pass from the west side. Weakened trees adjacent to the Going-to-the-Road road were identified and removed yesterday.
Thunderstorms are expected in the fire area this evening, and tonight a cold front is expected to bring light rain and wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour.

Southeast of Arlee, MT about 60 people are fighting a 17-acre fire.
"The containment number is not readily available right now because they’re still trying to get the lines put in and cleaned up. They did most of the line last night in the dark, so today they’re just trying to contain," according to Confederated Salish Kootenai fire investigator Devlin Lafrombois.
Lafrombois says that fire was ignited by fallen powerlines.

The Beavertail Hill fire which started east of Missoula along Interstate 90 burned 2.8 acres. The human-caused fire started in the ditch next to the highway, and burned uphill before being contained Sunday night.

Find the latest Montana wildfire news and info here.

Corin Cates-Carney manages MTPR’s daily and long-term news projects. After spending more than five years living and reporting across Western and Central Montana, he became news director in early 2020.
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