At least six wildfires, both small and large, are burning in Eastern Montana, the Miles City Interagency Dispatch Center said early Friday afternoon.
The fires include:
- The Yooper-Richard fire, 5,000 acres on private land in Richland County, about 34 miles northwest of Sidney.
- The 212 fire, 11 acres on private land in Powder River County, about seven miles east of Ashland.
- The 255 Foster fire, six acres on private land in Custer County, about 32 miles south of Miles City.
- The Basin Creek fire, 600 acres on Bureau of Land Management land in Custer County, about 39 miles south of Miles City.
- The Cottonwood-Rosebud fire, 1,000 acres on private land in Rosebud County, about seven miles north of Lame Deer.
Federal, state and county resources are working on the various fires.
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning until 9 p.m. because of critical fire conditions with hot temperatures, low humidity and winds. There are areas of smoke with northwesterly winds of 17 mph to 22 mph.
The Crying fire, about 30 miles northeast of Winnett, has been active and grew to 5,600 acres by Thursday night, fire officials said on Friday.
The fire, reported on Wednesday, is burning into the southern tip of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. The fire is not expected to ...