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Montana Forest Fires – Thursday June 28

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June 27 Map of the Corral Fire perimeter on edge of Helena. (USFS)

Some progress has been made on wildfires in Montana.

At Helena, the Corral Fire is now 35% contained, with firefighters concentrating on the Treasure Canyon and Head Lane areas. Residents have been allowed back into their homes north of Norris Road and south of Norris and on both sides of Green Meadow Drive. The fire is estimated at 1,851 acres this morning.

The huge Ash Fire near Ashland is estimated at 110,000 acres and at least 18 homes have been burned. Wooden culverts under Highway 212 burned, causing closure of that road into Ashland. A damaged bridge on Highway 212 is being repaired also. Many residents have been evacuated from Ashland. The fire started 10 miles east of Lame Deer and grew over 60,000 acres in a few hours yesterday.

The Dahl Creek Fire, at over 18,000 acres, has burned at least 60 homes and is one of two fires in Musselshell County. The other is the Hawk Fire, south of Melstone.  A Type 1 fire management team is in place on those fires.

The Antelope Lane Fire, 10 miles north of Whitehall,  is 65% contained at 686 acres, and the Pony Fire at 6,400 acres has caused evacuations at Mammoth and Boulder Creek. A Type 2 fire management team is working on those two fires.

The Bear Trap 2 fire, 20 miles northeast of Ennis, is at 14,770 acres and Highway 84 may be closed temporarily as burnouts are planned near the road. Travel is allowed on the Madison River Road, but recreation spots in the Bear Trap Canyon corridor along the river are closed. Officials are advising floaters and others to avoid the area through July 9th, at least. That fire is active on the south and west.

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