The weather helped firefighters in southern Montana yesterday. The Ash Creek Fire Complex is now estimated to cover 248,600 acres and is 70 percent contained.
The complex of fires did not make any major runs yesterday, but there was active fire behavior on the northeast flank in the heavy timber area. The eastern flank also continued to spread north and west along Elk Ridge.
Nightshift crews took advantage of cooler temperatures and increased relative humidity levels to construct and secure containment lines on the eastern flanks while mopping up and patrolling other fire perimeters.
Starting this morning at 8, highway 212 will be reopened to the public with reduced speed limits. Because many fences were damaged during the fires, drivers should be vigilant for livestock on the highway or side roads.
According to a media release from the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team, the Ash Creek Fire is part of the Southern Eastern Montana Comples of fires, which includes Taylor Creek, Horse Creek, Powerline and Coal Seam fires.