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Monday
Aug312015

More help being brought in for dangerous fire on The Front 

USFS photo (HEART BUTTE)- The Forest Service is bringing in more equipment and manpower to tackle the dangerous Spotted Eagle Fire, which has now consumed over 50-thousand acres along the Rocky Mountain Fire.

The lightning-caused fire blew up on Friday, forcing the evacuation of Heart Butte and surrounding farms and ranches, with about 1-hundred 75-people displaced from their homes. Pre-evacuation notices have also been given for the Birch Creek area near Swift Reservoir. 

The Forest Service says smokejumpers, more hotshot crews, engines and helicopter were arriving on scene today, expecting to encounter more strong winds. Winds up to 40-miles per hour have been pushing the fire east in critical fire weather conditions. The winds have also prevented more burnout operations to slow the advance of the flames. 

A community meeting has been tentatively set for sometime Thursday in Choteau. 

Crews are also dealing with the adjacent Moose Ridge and Sheep Mountain fires to the south. Roads and trails throughout the area have been closed. 

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