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Bobcat Fire

The critical fire weather and poor air quality across much of Montana will last at least until the end of the week.

Almost half of the state’s air monitoring stations bounced between "Unhealthy" and "Moderate" air quality readings Monday afternoon

Western Montana has reaped the benefits of a weather pattern that has kept wildfire smoke at bay. Weather and air quality experts say that will likely change soon.

The Bridger Foothills Fire northeast of Bozeman claimed 28 permanent residences as it burned 7,000 acres and forced more than 200 people to evacuate this weekend.

In an evening update Tuesday, Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said the fire is still actively burning, but some evacuated residents of Bridger Canyon Road from Boylan Road to Jackson Creek Road were able to return to their homes Wednesday.

Cool, wet conditions are helping firefighters who are working a 7,000 acre wildfire northeast of Bozeman that started Friday. The Bridger Foothills Fire has prompted the evacuation of over 200 people.

The Bridger Foothills Fire northeast of Bozeman flared up to roughly 7,000 acres over the holiday weekend. Extreme fire behavior Saturday led to several evacuation orders and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s office says structures have been impacted and lost.

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9/6/20, 9:10 p.m.

The Bridger Foothills Fire is burning about 7,000 acres in the Bridger Mountains northeast of Bozeman and is 0 percent contained. Smoke is visible throughout much of the Gallatin Valley. The fire started on Friday afternoon near what’s locally known as the 'M trail'. Evacuations and road closures are in effect in the area.

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9/5/20, 10:10 p.m. -

The Bridger Foothills Fire grew to 11,000 acres in the Bridger Mountains northeast of Bozeman and is 0% contained. Smoke is visible throughout much of the Gallatin Valley. The fire started near what’s locally known as the 'M trail'. Evacuations and road closures are in effect in the area.

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A smoke plume from a new wildfire in the Bridger Mountains northeast of Bozeman could be seen throughout much of the Gallatin Valley Friday afternoon.