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Chrandal Fire (and Others) Update – Tuesday July 31

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The progression map for the Chrandal Creek Forest Fire. (USFS)

This will be KLYQ’s last daily update on the Chrandal Creek Fire, unless conditions change.

The Bitterroot National Forest reports the fire is 75 percent contained, with full containment expected Friday. Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman has lifted the Stage 1 Evacuation Alert for the Hughes Creek area. And personnel are being taken off the firelines.

Tod McKay, Public Affairs Officer, said the Type 3 Management Team has taken command of the fire and will work from the West Fork Ranger Station. The fire camp along Coal Creek Road is being removed this week.

He also reported that closures on Trail #184, Trail #106-Divide Trail, the Mine Creek Road and the Hughes Creek road have been lifted.

About 100 people remain on the fireline and will continue work on full containment of the 2,500 acre fire. Tree torching inside the fire perimeter is expected.

Meanwhile, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest has a number of small lightning caused fires. The largest is the 11-acre Rabbit Creek Fire on the Wisdom Ranger District, about 6 miles south of May Creek Campground. It’s burning in beetle killed trees, with lots of downfall. It was reported this weekend and is 66% contained with 55 firefighters and a helicopter.

Eight smoke jumpers are on the Beaver Creek fire in the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness. It is one acre in size.

New fires are expected to pop up this week from last weekend’s lightning storms in the Bitterroot and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests.

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