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Fire danger rising on Montana plains too

KRTV photo(FORT BENTON)- A new wildfire that broke out Saturday near Fort Benton is another example that fire conditions are worsening all across Montana, not just in the mountains. 

KRTV reports the 260-acre fire started on Bureau of Land Management tracts, as well as private property around mid-day Saturday. Several area fire departments were working the blaze and had hoped to have it contained by Saturday evening. 

The fire hadn't threatened any buildings. Authorities weren't sure what started the fire. 


Cooler weather, showers, help at Reynolds Creek Fire

Winds kicked up more smoke from Reynolds Creek Fire on Saturday(ST. MARY)- Cooler weather and a few showers helped at the scene of the Reynolds Creek Fire on the east side of Glacier National Park Saturday. 

However, with only 10% of the fire contained by fire lines, there's still a tremendous amount of work to do this coming week. 

New maps show the blaze, which erupted 6-miles east of Logan Pass last Tuesday afternoon, is actually smaller than previously thought, at just over 3100-acres. However, gusty winds have continued to be a problem with the fire, which is burning in stands of heavy and dying timber near St. Mary Lake. 

Over 450-firefighters are working the blaze with the help of helicopters that are doing water drops from the lake and helping to move equipment. 

The popular Going-to-the-Sun Road remains closed between St. Mary and Big Bend, on the west side of Logan Pass. 


Arrest made in Cabin Gulch Fire investigation 

State of MT booking photo(TOWNSEND)- Authorities say they've arrested a man they suspect of starting a Central Montana fire that's scorched more than 1,000 acres. 
Broadwater County authorities say they apprehended Robert Alexander Norman Wednesday, along with help from Park County deputies. 
KXLH TV reports Norman is believed to be one of two men seen driving away from the area where the Cabin Gulch Fire started on Tuesday. 
New maps this evening show the fire at just over 1,600-acres and is only 15% contained. The Broadwater County Sheriff lifted evacuation notices for about 40-residences Wednesday evening. Crews are hoping cloud cover and oooler weather could help their efforts Thursday. 

Reynolds Creek Fire doubles to 4000 acres today

GNP photo (ST. MARY)- The raging Reynolds Creek Fire doubled in size Wednesday, growing to approximately 4,000-acres. 

Glacier National Park managers say the latest fire maps this evening showed the fire had grown dramatically since the 2,000 acre estimate earlier on Wednesday. Windy, dry weather helped spread the blaze, which broke out about 6-miles east of Logan Pass on Tuesday afternoon. 

The fire has forced evacuations throughout the popular St. Mary Valley, with tourists asked to leave campgrounds and lodging within the park. Most of the Going-to-the-Sun Highway also remains closed, although tourists were able to drive halfway up to Logan Pass from the west side. 

Park officials say the high winds and "extreme behavior" of the fire limited what could be done in fighting the blaze today. Crews were able to do some work on the ground, with aircraft dropping water on the fire from above.


New lightning-caused fire burning in the Bitterroot 

(HAMILTON)- A new wildfire that's started on the Idaho side of the Bitterroot Divide could send some smoke in the Southern Bitterroot. 

Bitterroot National Forest reports the first is actually burned on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest and is being called the Rock Point Fire. It's a 30-acre lightning-caused fire that was discovered over the weekend in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness southwest of Bear Creek Pass and Schumaker Campground. That puts it about 4-miles west of the border between the two Forest Service units. 

Nez Perce-Clearwater crews are taking the lead on managing the fire.

Bitterroot National Forest says most of the smoke will likely be seen around the Lost Horse-Lake Como areas. 

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