Posted: Jul 9, 2012 9:04 AM by Dennis Bragg - MTN News
Updated: Jul 9, 2012 9:13 AM
Fire managers are hoping to complete containment of the huge Ask Creek Fire Monday, and are nearing containment on several other fires burning across Southeast Montana.
The combined fires have burned more than 330,000 acres since the region erupted in lightning-caused, and human-caused blazes two weeks ago.
The largest fire remains the Ash Creek blaze, which has scorched over 249,000 acres, destroying several structures and forcing evacuations as it spread north and east from its initial starting point near Lame Deer. That fire is now 95% contained, and crews are hoping to get full containment on Monday.
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Forecasters are predicting more hot, dry weather for the area as another high pressure system moves into the region, forcing temperatures up and humidity levels down. So fire managers are hoping to solidify fire lines as much as possible on Monday.