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Brief information on major fires in MontanaPosted at 8:15 a.m August 21

Brief information on major fires in MontanaPosted at 8:15 a.m August 21


Here is a summary of the major wildfires in Montana:

Hobble fire _ Five miles north of Greycliff and east of Big Timber, on private ranchland. The fire initially was declared contained on Aug. 16, but wind gusts pushed it over fire lines. Four cabins and 11 outbuildings lost. Fire is at 38,320 acres. Structure protection in place at eight homes. Red flag warning issued for Wednesday. About 90 percent contained. Suppression costs $2.5 million, 385 personnel.

Wedge Canyon fire _ The fire, a few miles south of the Canadian border and about 20 miles east of Eureka, has burned 36 buildings, including seven houses. The fire is estimated at about 41,000 acres Wednesday and 60 percent contained. Suppression costs $23 million, 640 firefighters.

Robert fire _ Burning along the western side of Glacier National Park, the fire is estimated at nearly 44,250 acres. It is about 45 percent contained. About 735 firefighters assigned. Suppression costs $16.5 million. Areas of the park that were closed earlier because the fire, including Apgar Village and Lake McDonald Lodge, are now open.

Trapper Creek Complex _ On Flattop Mountain, a remote area north of Going-to-the-Sun Road in the north-central part of Glacier National Park and about 45 miles northeast of Kalispell. Includes three fires estimated at 24,000 acres. Remained 65 percent contained. Costs $3.4 million, 25 firefighters.

Crazy Horse fire _ Southwest of Condon, the blaze is estimated at about 9,900 acres. Most evacuation orders lifted, except for homes on two rural roads. More than 300 more are on evacuation alert. There are 627 people on the fire. Twenty percent contained. Suppression costs $2.9 million.

Little Salmon Creek Complex _ Two fires in Bob Marshall Wilderness combined have burned 21,000 acres. Has burned one cabin. About 100 people working on the fire. Fire use team not attempting to suppress the fire, just manage it. Costs $1.1 million.

Black Mountain 2 _ More than 7,300 acres, burning nine miles west of Missoula. Burned three houses on a nearly 6,000-acre run in two hours Saturday night. Most of the 250 evacuated families returned to their homes, but were put on evacuation alert again Wednesday. About 30 percent contained. About 630 firefighters assigned. Suppression costs to date $1.6 million.

Cherry Creek fire _ About 10 miles southeast of Thompson Falls in Lolo National Forest. About 4,000 acres, 60 percent contained. Evacuation alert for about 150 area homes. About 425 firefighters. Fire suppression costs $3.9 million.

Boles Meadow fire _ Twenty-five miles northeast of Missoula, this almost 3,750-acre fire used to be part of a complex combined with the Mineral/Primm fire. Seventy percent contained. About 800 people; suppression costs $2.95 million.

Mineral/Primm Complex _ Three fires in the Rattlesnake Wilderness north of Missoula estimated at 13,000 acres. Five percent contained. Suppression costs $1 million, 489 firefighters.

Cooney Ridge complex _ Twenty miles southeast of Missoula in the Bitterroot Valley, burning in the Sapphire Mountains. Officials estimate that six fires have burned together at about 19,112 acres. Fifteen percent contained. Poses threat to major Bonneville Power and NorthWestern power lines. Suppression costs $1.9 million.

Gold 1 fire _ Southeast of Stevensville, estimated at 6,500 acres. About 430 people on the fire. Ten percent contained. Suppression costs $2 million.

North Howard Complex _ Burning 2,800 acres 16 miles west of Missoula. Evacuation order issued for Lumberjack Saloon and four homes. About 60 percent contained. Roughly 375 firefighters assigned. Suppression costs $1.4 million.

Windmill Complex _ Located 28 miles east of Hardin on Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian reservations. More than 29,800 acres and 55 percent contained. More than 540 people are assigned to the fire. Firefighting costs are estimated at $750,000

Lincoln Complex _ Two fires, the Moose-Wasson fire and the Snow-Talon fire, burning 30,700 acres. One fire is about eight miles southwest of Lincoln, the other about 5 miles northeast of Lincoln. About 120 homes are evacuated. Historic fire lookout burned. Five percent contained. Suppression costs $800,000, about 500 firefighters.

Fish Creek Complex _ 35 miles west of Missoula in the Alberton area. Eight fires make up the complex, which is more than 21,000 acres. Mandatory evacuations of 120 homes along Petty Creek drainage as of Wednesday morning. Containment is zero percent.

Eastern Montana Complex _ Consists of three fires totaling about 16,100 acres, roughly 45 miles south of Miles City. Considered 63 percent contained and bein worked by 458 people. Structure protection is in place on five homes.

Craig II _ Estimated at 8,500 acres and 35 percent contained. Gusty winds and caused flare-ups. Estimated costs at $225,447.

Rough Draw Complex _ Five miles southeast of Livingston. About 1,030 acres. Firefighters are working to protect 18 homes and one business from the fires, considered five percen contained.

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