Firefighters Hope to Contain Ash Creek Fire By Monday

Firefighters Hope to Contain Ash Creek Fire By Monday

Firefighters are hoping to have Montana's Ash Creek Fire contained by Monday, according to this morning's Southeastern Montana Complex report.

The fire, which was started June 25 by lightening, has expanded to 248,600 acres, and is currently 75 percent contained. Continued favorable weather conditions, which even included some rain, moderated fire behavior and allowed firefighters to expand the fire perimeter. The Powder River County evacuation order has been lifted.

The Taylor Creek Fire, started July 3, 12 miles southeast of Howes, MT, is now 59,840 acres and 60% contained.

The Powerline Fire, also started July 3, 25 miles west of Colstrip and 30 miles north of Hysham, MT, is 95 percent contained at 5,265 acres.

The Horse Creek Fire has burned 7,575 acres so far and is also 95 percent contained.

The Coal Seam Fire, 5 miles northwest of Busby, MT, is being patrolled by air and is now 527 acres and completely contained.

There are now 1,262 people assigned to the fires in the complex.

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