Montana Wildfire Update – Friday June 29
Here’s the Friday update on the major wildfires in Montana.
The 110,000 Ash Creek Complex of fires has caused the Custer National Forest to go to Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. The town of Ashland is regaining power as crews replaced burned power poles along Highway 212. At least 32 homes have burned on and near the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.
The 20,000 acres Dahl Fire in Musselshell County has burned at least 70 pirmary structures. The fire is 25 percent contained and there is “through traffic only” on Highway 87 in that area. Crews are working ahead of expected storms this weekend.
The Corral Fire near Helena is 55 percent contained as of Thursday night and all evacuations have been lifted. It is still listed at 1,851 acres in size.
The Antelope Lane Fire at 686 acres is now 65 percent contained and the nearby Pony Fire is now listed at 4,650 acres.
The Bear Trap 2 Fire on the Madison River is 57 percent contained and is 15,270 acres in size. Recreationists who hoped to use the lower Madison River Recreation Areas are advised that the river there will be closed until after July 9.
A reminder – fireworks are not allowed on US Forest Service, BLM or Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks sites, which includes fishing access sites. Campfires must be confined to established firerings or designated fireplaces.