Southeastern Montana Wildfire Complex Almost Out

Southeastern Montana Wildfire Complex Almost Out

The Ash Creek fire lines held up against higher temperatures and lower humidity over the weekend.

The fire, which is now 90 percent contained, is expected to be completely contained by the end of the day. Experts say most heat left is located in stumps and heavy, downed fuels. Some of the resources assigned to the fire are being demobilized. The fire, caused by lightening, has burned 249,562 acres.

Horse Creek and Powerline fires remained quiet and are close to full containment. They will not be staffed today. In addition, Coal Seam fire is completely contained.

U.S. Highway 212 remains open, and travelers should be cautious of increased fire traffic on Highways 484 (to Fort Howes) and 39.

A small Rapid Response Group remains available to respond to any new fires in the area.

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