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Fire Near Libby Grows To 20 Acres

The Zulu fire is burning north of Libby in the Zulu Creek area.
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The Zulu fire is burning north of Libby in the Zulu Creek area.

The Zulu fire that it is believed lightning started Sunday in the Kootenai National Forest north of Libby expanded to 20 acres today.

Forest spokesman Willie Sykes tells the Flathead Beacon about 80 firefighters and several aircraft are fighting the fire. No structures are threatened.

Quinn Carver, a staff officer on the Kootenai says the federal government is offering plenty of help.

"We’re the only game in town in the region right now, so we got tons of resources, so that’s a positive thing," Carver said.

Firefighters also responded to small fires near Frenchtown and Victor.

The U.S. Forest Service listed the fire danger as high in both the Kootenai and Lolo national forests.

Nick Mott is a reporter and podcast producer based in Livingston, Montana.
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