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Zulu fire

Firefighter safety is of particular concern on the Highway 37 Fire north of Libby because of its proximity to a patch of asbestos-contaminated forest.

Among the 50 firefighters working the blaze is a group of 10 specially trained responders. They wear respirators and undergo a full body decontamination after digging fire line in a section of forest with high levels of asbestos fibers, a harmful remnant of the old W.R. Grace vermiculite mine.

The town of Libby.
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Highway 37 fire, updated 4:20 p.m. July 20, 2018

A fire near the former vermiculite mine and a section of asbestos-contaminated forest outside Libby is drawing a quick response from crews working to control it.

The Highway 37 Fire, spotted Thursday evening about 4 miles north of Libby, quickly grew to about 50 acres today.

Reynolds Lake fire near the Junction of 1381 Road to Reynolds Lake Trailhead
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A new estimate puts the Reynolds Lake Fire in the Bitterroot National Forest at more than 1,000 acres.

Forest spokesman Tod McKay said the fire grew from 10-15 acres yesterday morning to 1,068 acres by the day’s end. It was pushed by 30 mile-per-hour winds.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For July 18, 2018

Jul 18, 2018
The Reynolds Lake Fire on the Bitterroot National Forest was discovered July 17, 2018. Its size is currently unknown. More than 50 firefighters and a Very Large Air Tanker have been called in to fight the fire.
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Wildfire season has arrived as fire danger ratings are increasing in national forests and wildlands throughout Montana. The Kootenai National Forest moved to "very high" Wednesday, and the Bitterroot National Forest switched to "high" fire danger this morning following the discovery of two lightning-caused fires Tuesday. The Flathead National Forest and surrounding area has also moved their fire danger to “high” this week.

Northern Rockies Observed Fire Danger Class: July 17 2018
National Interagency Fire Center

Fire danger bumped up to “very high” on the Kootenai National Forest  Wednesday. Crews are holding the Zulu Fire, burning about 23 miles north of Libby, to 20 acres.

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