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Yogo Fire

Officials with the Helena Lewis and Clark National Forest are asking for the public’s help in identifying how the Yogo Fire got started.

The Yogo Fire began Oct. 3 in the Judith Musselshell Ranger District in the Little Belt Mountains and burned more than eight square miles of timber and grasses. The fire was considered 100 percent contained as of Oct. 22.

Cooler temperatures and snow Tuesday helped firefighters to improve containment lines and extinguish hot spots on the 4,900 acre Yogo Fire burning in the Little Belt Mountains. The fire is now 30 percent contained.

Firefighters are preparing for another day of strong winds with gusts up to 50 miles an hour. But the arrival of snow is expected to help extinguish spot fires.

New wildfires started in Montana this weekend, pushed by unseasonably warm temperatures for October and strong, gusty winds.

Firefighters on the 3,900 acre Yogo Fire in the Little Belt Mountains are preparing to face another Red Flag warning on Saturday, with hot temperatures, low humidity and strong gusty winds in the forecast for central Montana.

Firefighters are battling a wildfire near Marion and the Hubbart Dam. The 120-acre blaze is zero percent contained.

Montana Department of Natural Resources’ Kalispell Fire Management Officer Jeremy Pris says there are 50 firefighters, several pieces of heavy equipment and three helicopters on scene. The Hubbart Dam Fire started Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters are bringing in heavy equipment to build containment lines around the nearly 1,800 acre Burley Fire 11 miles west of Broadus in Powder River County. Some 15 structures are threatened but as of this afternoon none have been destroyed.

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.

Via Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest: The Yogo Fire, first reported on Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Little Belt Mountains on the Judith Musselshell Ranger District has grown significantly in the last 24 hours due to high winds, dry fuels and steep slopes. The Yogo Fire is now estimated to be over 3,000 acres in size and burning between the Warm Springs Basin and Yogo Creek. Strong southwest winds have pushed the fire 4-5 miles east of its origin into the Yogo Creek drainage to its the confluence point with Skunk Gulch.

National Weather Service

Pre-evacuation notices have been given to residents in the Middle Fork of the Judith River in Judith Basin County as a fire burns 1.5 miles south of Yogo Peak in the Little Belt Mountains.

The Yogo Fire was reported Saturday afternoon on the Judith Musselshell Ranger District, according to the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.