Star Meadows Still Evacuated Due to Brush Creek Fire

By Beacon Staff

Brush Creek fire: An estimated 18,927 acres, or 29.5 square miles, have burned in the Flathead and the Kootenai national forests, west of Whitefish. The Good Creek Community is under an evacuation notice, while the community of Star Meadow remains evacuated.

Ahorn fire: An estimated 44,100 acres, or nearly 70 square miles, have burned in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, 30 miles west of Augusta. Little growth was reported Monday, but red flag warnings for high winds and low humidities were issued for Tuesday afternoon. The fire is 2 percent contained.

Sawmill Complex: The three fires have burned an estimated 10,340 acres, or 16 square miles, in the Lolo and Beaverhead-Deer Lodge national forests southeast of Missoula. Evacuation orders were lifted Tuesday morning for 38 homes near the Sawmill fire, but the area is open only to fire crews and residents. Evacuations remain in effect on the Wyman II fire.

Skyland fire: An estimated 33,430 acres have burned south of Glacier National Park. The fire is 40 percent contained. U.S. 2 is open, with speed restrictions in some areas. Stronger winds are forecast for Tuesday afternoon.

Fool Creek fire:
An estimated 31,344 acres, or nearly 50 square miles, have burned in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, 30 miles northwest of Choteau. A red flag warning for winds gusting up to 45 mph was issued. The fire was expected to burn into the West Fork of the Teton River drainage Tuesday.

Meriwether fire: An estimated 40,031 acres, or 62 square miles, have burned in the Helena National Forest, 37 miles northwest of Helena. It is 50 percent contained. A red flag warning was issued for Tuesday afternoon.

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