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Late season fire scorches acreage near Frenchtown

DNRC photo(FRENCHTOWN)- Fire crews had their hands full with a late season blaze that broke out Sunday afternoon near Frenchtown. 

Montana DNRC reports the fire was first reported around 1:15 p.m. up Roman Creek Road, just north of Frenchtown and Interstate 90. 

Fire crews from Missoula Rural Fire Department, DNRC, the Frenchtown Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service attacked the blaze, which was being called the Folf Course Fire, on both the ground and from the air. The fire scorched about 7-acres and some additional work was expected on scene today. 

There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire. 


Homes destroyed in Lolo fire blow up

Dennis Bragg photo(LOLO)- Authorities say some structures, including homes, were destroyed when two fires burning up Lolo Canyon merged into a complex fire covering more than 3500-acres.

High winds and low humidity helped the West Fork 2 Fire jump Highway 12 near Bear Creek this afternoon, merging with the Schoolhouse Fire. Both blazes are believed to have started during a brief thunderstorm late Saturday night. 

Dozens of people have been evacuated, while others have been placed on alert. All homes between Bear Creek and Sleeman Creek have been placed under a pre-evacuation notice.

DNRC says there's a "very high potential" for fire growth on the Lolo Complex Fire with more red flag warnings up for Tuesday afternoon.

Highway 12 remained closed to through traffic west of Lolo.


New fire grows quickly near Clinton

DNRC photo(CLINTON)- Proving how dry conditions really are in Western Montana, a new fire that erupted east of Clinton had already consumed more than 200 acres in a matter of hours. 

The Nimrod Fire was reported around 6 p.m. Thursday evening, burning in the mountains north of Interstate 90 between Clinton and the Bearmouth Area near mile marker 135. Montana DNRC says the fire spread rapidly in the hot, dry conditions, although fire activity slowed after the sun went down.

A 20-person crew from Deerlodge worked throughout the night in an attempt to get some initial containment lines built while firefighters and engines from Missoula Rural Fire Department, DNRC, the Clinton Fire Department and the Forest Service helped with the first attack. Three helicopters and a single engine air tanker were attacking the blaze from the air before dark, with additional resources arriving this morning. 

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. 


Growth of Firestone Flats fire slows, weather helping

(ARLEE)- There's still a lot of work to be done, but cooler weather is giving fire crews some help on the lines of the Firestone Flats Fire, which erupted over the weekend northeast of Arlee. 

The fire took a serious run after it started Saturday in the upper reaches of the Jocko River, consuming hundreds of acres in a matter of hours and forcing more than 20-homes to be evacuated. High winds created a major problem for the initial firefighters on scene.

Monday morning, DNRC reported the cooler temperatures and higher humidity were helping to slow down fire activity, with the fire now mapped at 1,750 acres. Crews from DNRC, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and other agencies have been working to build perimeter around the fire, with expectation of working around more winds that could develop through the afternoon.

Another meeting to brief local residents is set for 8 p.m. tonight in the Arlee High School gym. 

Jocko Road, Pistol Creek Road, and North Placid Lake Road are currently closed to the public.


Milltown Fire now in mop-up

DNRC photo(FRENCHTOWN)- Fire managers say a fast-moving blaze that burned more than 700-acres near Frenchtown last week is 85% contained. All that remains now is to make sure hot spots don't flare up in the continued dry conditions. 

The Mill Creek Fire started last Thursday when a spark from a lawn mower ingnited some tall grass, setting off a rapidly expanding fire that forced dozens to evacuate as a precaution. A fast attack, especially from the air, helped to control the spread of the blaze by that evening. 

Frenchtown Fire and DNRC crews are continuing to mop up the fire scene, removing snags and working on hot spots to make sure the fire doesn't re-ignite. That includes more work around the perimeter of the fire, much of which overlaps with the 2007 Black Cat Fire.