Eastern Montana wildfire roundupSource: Billings Gazette
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By MIKE KORDENBROCK
North Delphia Fire
The North Delphia fire that began burning Friday 15 miles northeast of Roundup was mapped at 3,800 acres in size and destroyed five outbuildings and one truck, according to the Musselshell County Disaster and Emergency Services Facebook page.
There was some heat damage to residential homes from the fire, according to an update posted Saturday afternoon to the page.
In the update, the fire, fueled by timber and grass, was described as “looking well contained.” The update also stated “they have fire lines all the way around the fire,” and that “crews are working on getting the interior of the fire out.” Evacuations in the area were voluntary as of Saturday afternoon.
A report posted on the National Interagency Coordination Center website put total personnel for the fire at 145.
By Saturday morning the 11,440-acre July fire, burning in the Little Rocky Moutnains southwest of the towns of Zortman and Landusky, had reached 90 percent containment.
More than 300 personnel were involved in the firefighting effort earlier this week, but as of Saturday that number was down to 140, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group website InciWeb.
The cause of the fire, which began in the afternoon on July 3, is still listed on InciWeb as unknown.
A press release issued Saturday by the Western Montana Type II Incident Management Team states that they plan to transfer command of the fire to a local unit on Sunday.
“Residents and visitors will continue to see smoke in the area as interior pockets of un-burned fuel continue to burn,” according to InciWeb. “Fireline rehabilitation will be an ongoing process in the weeks to come, and each area is being evaluated for specific needs depending on terrain and fire intensity.”
Tongue River Complex
Currently the largest fire in Montana, the 32,965-acre Tongue River Complex is 90 percent contained, according to InciWeb. The fire has cost $2.7 million and 216 personnel were at the scene Saturday, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center.
The fire is burning timber, brush and short grass about 18 miles south of Lame Deer, and command is expected to be transferred to a local unit on Sunday. The NICC reports $2.7 million has been spent on the Tongue River Complex.
On Saturday, Rosebud County and federal rresources were sent to a 100-acre mile fire burning 12 miles southwest of Coalstrip. Named the Baseline fire, it is burning on private land.
A 450-acre fire on private land near Fly Creek Road in Bighorn County was extinguished on Friday. Billings Interagency Dispatch Center reports the fire to was caused by a combine.
A 453-acre wildfire was reported Friday near Highway 244, according to the Lewistown Interagency Dispatch Center. Bureau of Land Managment and DNRC resources were sent to the fire.
Dawson County and Garfield County
Federal resources have been dispatched to the Cedar Creek fire in Dawson County and also to the Sand Arroyo, Level Up and Cohagen fires in Garfield County, according to the Miles City Interagency Dispatch Center.
Burning 13 miles south of Glendive on private land, the Cedar Creek Fire was estimated to be 800 acres in size as of Saturday night. County, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and federal resources are at the scene of the fire.
Federal and county resources are also on the scene of the Smoke 208 fire in Dawson County about 13 miles southwest of Glendive.
The Cohagen 1,515-acre Cohagen fire burning 15 miles south of Jordan on private and Bureau of Land Management land was contained on Friday as of 8:20 a.m.
On U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service land, the 50-acre Sand Arroyo fire burning 46 miles northeast of Jordan was contained as of 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The 15-acre Level Up fire burning 33 miles northeast of Jordan was reported contained as of 8 a.m. on Saturday.