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Chrandal Creek Fire – Monday July 23 Update

Chrandal fireline
Chrandal Creek fireline this weekend. (USFS Photo)

The number of people on the firelines has increased at the Chrandal Creek forest fire in the south end of the Bitterroot National Forest.

Officials report more 20-person hotshot crews are on the line and the total number of people assigned to the 2,200 acre fire is above 418.

There are now five helicopters at the fire, and those helicopters were active Sunday, dropping water to keep the fire inside the current perimeter.

The weather was drier and hotter, causing more burning and smoke, along with some afternoon wind, but the fire was most active in the interior of the blaze. Crews are expecting more wind Monday, with attention being paid to the head of Chrandal Creek.

Work on the northeastern flank of the fire is nearing completion, according to the Monday morning Update. Work by 100 firefighters reduced fuel ahead of the fire in Mine Creek.  The fire is still listed as 40 percent contained and areas around the fire are closed to recreationists.

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