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Bear Trap Fire Indicates Dry Forests

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The charred area left by the Bear Trap Fire. (USFS Photo)
The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and other agencies fought one of the first Montana forest fires of the year this weekend.

The 105-acre Bear Trap Fire at the confluence of the Madison River and Bear Trap Creek was started by an escaped campfire Saturday.

Some hikers and campers in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness were evacuated so crews could fight the fire, which grew from an initial 35 acres to 105 acres by Sunday. The immediate area and the Bear Trap National Recreation Trail remain closed.

Some moisture fell Sunday night and crews were extinguishing hot spots Monday.
Crews from the BLM, the Forest Service and local firefighters responded to the blaze. The fire was 60 percent contained Monday morning.

Investigation is continuing and anyone who might have information is asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff at (406) 843-5301.

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