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Montana Wildfire Update For October 06, 2020

Oct 6, 2020

Fire crews battling the nearly 5 square mile Yogo Fire burning in the Little Belt Mountains in central Montana faced challenges with the weather Tuesday. The region is under a red flag warning until 9 tonight with expected low humidity, dry fuels and strong winds with gusts up to 35 mph possible.

Chiara Cipriano, Public Information Officer with the Helena Lewis and Clark National Forest, said firefighters are preparing structure protections in the areas of Dry Wolf Creek and the Middle Fork of the Judith River.

Air tankers, helicopters, engines and fire crews from federal, state and local agencies are working to build containment lines on the fire, which is still zero percent contained.

Forecasts say weather conditions could improve Wednesday, but strong winds are expected to return later in the week.

The cause of the Yogo Fire, which started Saturday afternoon, is under investigation.

Road and trail closures are in effect, find the latest closure info here.

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