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Montana Wildfires – Saturday Afternoon

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Trees torch in the Ash Creek Complex Thursday. (USFS Photo)

Fire restrictions are being put on the forest of Montana on a daily basis as the heat continues and the weather is unpredictable.

Saturday afternoon, The Pony Fire in the Tobacco Root Mountains was only 5 percent contained and is 4,800 acres in size. Officials say 80 structures are threatened by the wildlife. Information on the cause of the fire is being sought by Madison County authorities. They are asking for tips on their Crimestoppers line 1-877-662-7631.

The Ash Creek Complex grew Friday with a “running crown” fire, which means the fire spread along the tops of the trees. It gobbled up another 50,000 acres and is now at 156,988 acres and is 25 percent contained. It’s 10 miles east of Lame Deer.

The Dahl Fire in Musselshell County is at 22,045 acres Saturday afternoon and is 45 percent contained.

The Bear Trap 2 fire is 82 percent contained 20 miles northeast of Ennis.  NorthWestern Energy is replacing three burned power poles. Stage I and Stage II restrictions are going into effect on the forests around the Madison River.

The Corral Fire near Helena is now 90 percent contained, as of Saturday afternoon. The evacuations have been lifted, but n0n-residents are not allowed in the fire area.

Fireworks are not allowed in any Federal or State forests in Montana. And, when you’re playing with them on private land, be careful. Check around after the display for any smouldering areas.

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