Northwest Montana wildfires continue to burn

Northwest Montana wildfires continue to burn

Source: KPAX
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By Mark Thorsell

Crews are continuing to battle a series of wildfires that sparked to life on Saturday along the Highway 2 corridor in northwest Montana.

The largest blaze —  the Lazier Creek 3 Fire — is holding at 1,145 acres and is now 35% contained. The fire continues to burn south of Highway 2 and west of the Thompson River Road. There are 300 people assigned to battle the fire both on the ground and from the air. Several cabins were evacuated earlier this week and a road closure remains in effect for a section of Thompson River Road.

The Rogers Mountain Fire, which is burning three miles northwest of Happy’s Inn is holding at 78 acres burned and is now 60% contained. A pre-evacuation notice for some residents was issued earlier this week. There are 69 people assigned to the blaze which fire officials say was most active on its southern edge.

The 16 acres Grubb Fire, burning north of Pleasant Valley, has been fully contained after burning 16 acres. Meanwhile, the Northwest Meadow Peak Fire has burned 12 acres and is 95% contained. Finally, the four acre 2645 Fire, which is burning near the Northwest Meadow Peak fire, is now 80% contained.

There are over 400 people assigned to battle the fires which are being managed by a Type II Incident Management Team. All of the wildfires are believed to have been started by lightning strikes.