Fires continue to burn in Montana
Published 4 months ago by The Billings Gazette

The National Interagency Fire Center is forecasting above-normal significant wildfire potential for the eastern half of Montana through September.

So far this year Montana has reported six large fires that have burned across 47,500 acres.

Of those six, four were being fought out of the Bureau of Land Management’s Miles City Field Office. The largest is the 30,000-acre Tongue River Complex, which is composed of the Lee Creek and Witten fires.

The Lee Creek fire is about 3,356 acres and 95 percent contained. Crews continued to patrol and mop up the fire perimeter Wednesday.

The Witten fire is 28,684 acres and 55 percent contained. There was a community meeting to update the public about the fires at the Charging Horse Casino meeting room at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Lame Deer.

The 11,000-acre July fire burning in the Little Rocky Mountains is the state’s second-largest fire. On Tuesday the 398 firefighters assigned to the blaze were supported by aircraft and conducted burnout operations to strengthen control lines on the north edge of the fire and to remove unburned fuels in the interior, according to the website InciWeb.

Five fires that ignited Monday about 39 miles northwest of Jordan have been combined into the 3,000-acre Blue Ridge Complex. Twenty-three firefighters successfully conducted a burnout operation Tuesday night along the east flank of the fire, halting the fire’s progress in that direction, ac ...

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