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Blacktail Fire in Crazy Mountains doubled in size Tuesday, roads closed

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Blacktail Fire (Photo courtesy InciWeb) Blacktail Fire (Photo courtesy InciWeb)
Blacktail Fire, from Highway 12 between White Sulpur Springs and Harlo. (Photo by Diane Reidelbach) Blacktail Fire, from Highway 12 between White Sulpur Springs and Harlo. (Photo by Diane Reidelbach)
Black Tail Fire (Photo by Steve Martin) Black Tail Fire (Photo by Steve Martin)

Update: The Blacktail Fire north of Livingston continued to burn Tuesday, increasing to 500 acres as firefighters struggled with wind and dry conditions.

Fire officials closed National Forest System Road 654 in Wheatland County and National Forest System Trail 640 and 630-A in the Big Elk Creek drainage in Wheatland and Meagher counties. 

A total of 65 firefighters are battling the blaze. 

Smoke jumpers  and a helicopter are available for aid, but fire officials said they will engage only when it's safe. 

This is a developing story.

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The Blacktail Fire north of Livingston grew to 250 acres Monday night after wind gusts up to 35 mph picked up in the region. 

Fire officials said the blaze spread down slope to the south and east, and land owners are being notified of potential danger. 

The wind has also grounded air assistance. 

This is a developing story. 

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Firefighters are battling a 30-acre blaze that ignited Sunday in the Crazy Mountains.

The Blacktail Fire was reported early Sunday evening east of Loco Mountain and north of Livingston. The fire was caused by lightning, and 10 firefighters were on the scene Monday night, according to InciWeb, a fire database.

Fire officials said the numerous snags and dead fuel are creating a challenge for firefighters, and smoke jumpers are working where it’s safe.

No structures are threatened.

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