Slow but steady progress on wildfires
Firefighters report significant progress on the Firestone Flats fire burning about 6 miles outside of Arlee.
The fire started Saturday afternoon and within hours blew up into a 700 acre incident.
Fire information officer, Cindy Super, says the crews will continue to work around the clock to build line around that fire. If they continue to make progress and conditions hold, pending evacuations will come to an end at 5:00 Thursday afternoon.
Better news from the Moose Meadows fire southeast of Philipsburg on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Incident spokeswoman, Clair Pitner, says the winds - which have caused so many problems over the past several days - have been much calmer today. She says that will hopefully help the effort to get a bigger line around the fire.
A new fire burning in the Rock Creek area east of Missoula was reported by an air tanker pilot yesterday afternoon. The Butte Cabin fire is burning about 15 miles south of Interstate 90. Lolo National Forest spokesman, Boyd Hartwig, says it's burning in steep, grassy terrain. An aggressive initial attack has kept that fire to less than 20 acres at last report.
Officials suspect it could be a possible lighting strike holdover.