Ash Creek Fire Is Out, But Not Over

The view from Diamond Butte Lookout shows land singed by the Ash Creek Fire.  The fire is now 100 percent contained after the fire devoured almost 250,000 acres of land over the course of two weeks.  (Photo by Gerald Vickers, Incident Management Team)
The view from Diamond Butte Lookout shows land singed by the Ash Creek Fire. The fire is now 100 percent contained after the fire devoured almost 250,000 acres of land over the course of two weeks. (Photo by Gerald Vickers, Incident Management Team)

The Ash Creek Fire in southeastern Montana is reported completely contained after approximately two weeks of active fire behavior that destroyed 249,562 acres of BLM, county, and private land.

Other fires in the southeastern Montana complex, to include the Coal Seam Fire, Horse Creek Fire, and Powerline Fire are also contained. A 62,000-plus acre fire near Taylor Creek is still at 85 percent containment. Red flag warnings are in effect and may continue off and on throughout the fire season due to hot, dry weather and the possibility of lightening.

As our neighbors to the north begin to rebuild their lives, their homes and their herds, they'll need our help. Today is the last day First Interstate Bank is taking items for delivery to an evacuee shelter in Montana. Items needed include hygeine items, gently used or new bedding and towels, baby formula and diapers. Bank president, Mark Kinner, says it's a neighborly thing to do. do.

Donations will be taken until 4 o'clock in the lobby of both First Interstate Bank's locations: one on Coffeen Avenue and one on Main Street. The items will be taken to the Boys and Girls Club in Lame Deer, Montana, which is serving as a shelter for evacuees.

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