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Lightning Caused Wildfire Discovered Near Phillipsburg

Jul 9, 2015

Firefighters made good progress on two fires burning in Montana, and discovered a new fire near Phillipsburg.

A new wildfire was discovered in Montana late yesterday, it was burning about 5 acres approximately 25 miles southwest of Phillipsburg. The Whetstone Ridge fire is being attributed to a lightning strike, eleven people and a helicopter worked the fire today.

Authorities think they’ll be able to fully contain the 100 acre Glacier Rim fire today. That human-caused fire started June 27th just south of Glacier National Park. The number of people assigned to the fire has been reduced to 36 and it was being called 95% contained this morning.

The Alex Camp Road fire in Petroleum County was at 75% containment as of about noon today. That lightning caused fire has scorched about 5,700 acres of mixed grassland, timber and juniper since starting a week ago. Resources are being demobilized incrementally, and 100% containment is expected Friday.