Jul 7, 2012 12:20 AM by Q2 News
UPDATE: The Ash Creek fire that has blackened more than 248,000 acres is 75% contained. The northeast flank of the fire is where firefighters are concentrating their attention in attempts to completely contain the blaze.
As of Friday evening, 799 firefighters were still assigned to the Ash Creek fire which is the largest wildfire in Montana, and the nation.
The Taylor Creek fire south of Ashland grew Friday as a result of the rising temperature. The fire is estimated at 60,000 acres and 60% contained.
The Dry Creek fire north of Laurel is near full containment. The Department of Natural Resources officials turned over control of that fire over to local crews Friday evening. Local crews have 5 engines and 20 firefighters working to mop up the rest of the fire.
On a side note the translator that carries the KTVQ signal to our state viewers in the Ashland and Broadus area was lost in the Ash Creek fire. We do not have word from our engineering staff on how long it will take to replace the translator.
BILLINGS - The news from the Montana fire lines is mostly positive.
With cooler temperatures, and higher humidity, firefighters were able to gain ground on several of the wildfires still burning out of control.
Thursday night all mandatory evacuations have been lifted across southeast Montana.
The Taylor Creek Fire, burning south of Ashland along Otter Creek is the prime concern for fire bosses tonight.
It is now 20% contained, and has grown to more than 40,000 acres.
It's cause is still unknown.
Unfortunatley - today's rain is also accompanied with gusty winds and lightning tonight.
South of the Taylor Creek fire, a new fire sparked today, burning near one of the area's historic ranches.
The Tidwell fire has already blackened some 6,000 acres, and is growing rapidly.
The fire is burning in the vacinity of the O.W. Ranch - on private property and BLM land near the Montana/Wyoming border.
The O.W. Ranch was founded by John Kendrick - the first territorial governor and Wyoming's first U.S. Senator.
Closer to Ashland, the latest word on the Ash Creek fire is positive.
Word late Thursday that there was very little activity along the fire lines throughout the day.
The Ash Creek fire is now 70% contained.
It is the largest wildfire burning in Montana, and the nation - now estimated at 248,600 acres in size.