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

I-90 reopens after a fire near Butte closed eastbound traffic Sunday

A fire east of Butte closed eastbound travel on I-90 for about an hour Sunday, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. The closure began around 3:30 p.m. and was lifted around 4:45 p.m.

The fire is east of Homestake Pass, directly south of the rest area along the Interstate-90 at mile marker 235. The Montana Department of Transportation says travelers can expect fire equipment traffic and may encounter areas of low visibility.

Find current road conditions and closures from the Montana DOT.

An update from the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Sunday afternoon said the Moose Fire is approximately 12-15 acres in size and that "forward progression of the head of this fire has been mitigated, however spot fires are burning."

An air tanker and two helicopters working on the fire, according to the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

Josh Burnham is MTPR's digital editor. He works as an editor on the news team and as a content strategist managing the station's website, podcasts, email newsletters and social media.
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