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Montana Wildfires – Tuesday Update July 3

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The Dahl Fire, crossing the highway last week. ( photo)

The state’s largest fire, the Ash Creek Fire, has burned over 186,000 acres so far.

Winds gusting to 45 miles per hour blew on the fire for about 8 hours Monday, July 2. The fire, east of Lame Deer, is 55 percent contained. Highway 212 between Broadus and Ashland is closed.

The Dahl Fire is about 95 percent contained and has burned 22,045 acres, 73 homes and 150 other buildings. The authorities in Musselshell County have enacted Stage II fire restrictions – no open fires and no fireworks.

The Horse Creek Fire, 20 miles south of Hysham in Treasure County is at 6,144 acres. The fire has been moving toward the Williston Basin natural gas pipeline and the NorthWestern Energy transmission lines to Colstrip. It started Sunday.

The Corral Fire at Helena, the Antelope Lane Fire, and the Beartrap 2 Fire at the Madison River are contained.

The Pony Fire, at 4,800 acres, is 45 percent contained. Evacuations are still in effect for Mammouth and South Boulder River area.

The Indian Creek Fire, 3 miles northwest of Townsend, is 50 percent contained and is 450 acres.

New fires include Bad Horse, 8 miles east of Crow Agency, and Plum Creek, a mile northwest of Pryor.

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