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Saturday Reports from Montana Forest Fires Show Growth

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A helicopter at sunset. (Mike Daniels, Townsquare Media)

At the end of week, some of the Forest Service incident management teams “transitioned out” to provide a couple of days rest for teams and bring in fresh firefighters. Weather systems are bringing in some wind and a few clouds.

Here’s a look at a few western Montana fires Saturday morning (information from inciweb):

  • Lolo Peak Fire – 7,084 acres – information trailer at intersection of US 93 and Highway 12.
  • Sunrise Fire – 12,900 acres – southeast of Superior.
  • Rice Ridge Fire – 7,740 acres – 2 miles northeast of Seeley Lake. American Red Cross has set up a shelter at Potomac Community Center in Potomac.
  • Liberty Fire – 3,769 acres.
  • Meyers Fire – 12,777 acres – south of Philipsburg.
  • Sapphire Complex – 21,573 acres – includes Goat Creek, Sliderock and Little Hogback fires.Fire danger on the Bitterroot National Forest is “Extreme” and we are under Stage 2 fire restrictions. The Dillon area just started Stage 1 fire restrictions. There are “hoot owl” restrictions on portions of the Bitterroot River.

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