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Jul 5, 2012 4:42 PM by Q2 News

Southeast Montana Complex Fire updates

COLSTRIP - It only started two days ago but the Taylor Creek Fire south of Ashland in Southeast Montana is chewing up miles of land.

The fire is estimated at 36,625 acres but that is expected to grow significantly. It is currently listed as 10% contained.

The Taylor Creek Fire has been fanned by high winds. The fire is now being managed by a coordinated team in charge of several fires in Southeast Montana.

Firefighters made up of many local ranchers and volunteers were supported by a large helicopter to halt the fire's movement west towards Otter Creek. A voluntary evacuation order remains in effect for local residents. While some lines still need to be connected together on the west side, fire managers are most concerned about the timbered north side of the fire where ridge top winds are predicted to occur overnight. The incident management team will transition with the current Type 3 organization tomorrow morning. There will be additional resources going to the fire tomorrow.

On the Powerline Fire, firefighters were successful in containing a blowout of about 600 acres that occurred on the north and northwest side of the fire late in the afternoon. They were busy containing those lines this evening and will work overnight to improve these lines and continue mop-up.

The Horse Creek Fire is in patrol and mop-up status.

The latest fire facts are below.

FIRE NAME: Ash Creek Fire
CURRENT SIZE: 244,500 acres
CONTAINMENT: 50%


FIRE NAME: Taylor Creek Fire
DATE OF DETECTION: July 3, 2012
CAUSE: Unknown
CURRENT SIZE: 36,625 acres
CONTAINMENT: 10%
LOCATION: Started 12 miles southeast of Ft Howes, Montana

FIRE NAME: Powerline Fire
DATE OF DETECTION: July 3, 2012
CAUSE: Unknown
CURRENT SIZE: 4,334 acres
CONTAINMENT: 45%
LOCATION: 30 miles south of Hysham, Montana
AGENCY: Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
IMT: Greg Poncin's Northern Rockies Incident Management Team


FIRE NAME: Horse Creek Fire
DATE OF DETECTION: July 2, 2012
CAUSE: Unknown
CURRENT SIZE: 7,568 acres
CONTAINMENT: 65%
LOCATION: 30 miles south of Hysham, Montana
AGENCY: Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

FIRE NAME: Coal Seam Fire
DATE OF DETECTION: June 25, 2012
CAUSE: Unknown
CURRENT SIZE: 527 acres
CONTAINMENT: 100%
LOCATION: 5 miles northwest of Busby, Montana
AGENCY: Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

The Coal Seam fire will be patrolled from the air.

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