Western Montana Fire Expected to Kick Up

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – Firefighters have gained 10 percent containment on the Kootenai Creek Fire burning south of Missoula in western Montana.

However, officials say the fire burning about four miles west of Stevensville could become more active as afternoon temperatures rise this week.

There are currently over 200 firefighters working on the fire that has burned about 4,720 acres, or about 7.3 square miles.

Fire crews are trying to hold the fire along the current fire line between Bass Creek and Kootenai Creek. Firefighters are also building a fireline on the north side of the fire.

The Bass Creek, Kootenai Creek and Sharrott Creek drainages, along with the road and trail system, remain closed.

Lightning sparked it to life back on July 12.

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