Firefighters battling 10-acre fire in mountains near Anaconda; other area fires updatedSource: Montana Standard
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Firefighters are battling a 10-acre fire in a remote area 1 mile northeast of Mount Haggin in the Anaconda Range, according to the Forest Service.
The area is about 5 miles southwest of Anaconda, near Hearst Lake.
Cause of the blaze is unknown and is under investigation, the Forest Service reported.
The Mount Haggin Fire was reported at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday in steep rocky terrain west of Hearst Lake. Twenty-four firefighters from the Forest Service and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation are fighting the blaze. Four helicopters are performing bucket drops. There was no containment as of Tuesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, here are updates on other area fires:
Due to near record setting dry conditions, the Meyers Fire, 25 miles southwest of Philipsburg near Moose Lake, grew over 4,800 acres t0 22,308 acres Monday. A total 288 people are on the blaze, which is 5 percent contained.
Since most of the contingency line near Georgetown Lake is complete, heavy equipment has started the process of moving to subsequent priority areas. The Meyers Fire was started by lightning on July 14, 2017. It has merged with the Whetstone Fire (3,621 acre) also started by lightning on July 13, 2017.
STONE LAKE FIRE
The lightning-caused Stone Lake Fire, detected around 2 p.m. Sunday about 15 miles southwest of Wise River, had burned about eight acres as of Tuesday morning, according to the Forest Service. It’s 25 percent contained.
Retardant and water were dropped on the fire on Sunday, cooling and slowing the fire growth. Eighteen smokejumpers and eight local Wisdom/Wise River firefighters have completed a handline around the fire with the help of water drops from helicopters. Numerous spots were detected outside of the main fire perimeter. On Tuesday, firefighters will continue to improve the handline and look for additional spotting.
The lightning-caused 2,727-acre Conrow Fire, 7 miles northeast of Whitehall, is 60 percent contained, and firefighters expect to have full containment by Saturday, the Forest Service reported Tuesday. No structures were lost.