Cardinal Creek Fire Grows to 2,000 Acres

By Beacon Staff

Two fires believed to have been caused by lightning are burning in western Montana.

Bitterroot National Forest officials say the Dominic Point fire has burned about 900 acres, or 1.4 square miles, about 12 miles northeast of Hamilton. The blaze was first spotted on Sunday. Six crews that were building fire line on the west and south ends of the fire Tuesday were aided by cooler temperatures and higher humidity. Helicopters dropping water and retardant planes will be used as needed.

The Cardinal Creek wildland fire has burned about 2,000 acres, or just over 3 square miles, in the Bob Marshall Wilderness about 18 miles southeast of Condon. That fire was also reported Sunday.

The fire is burning in heavy timber, including down and dead fuels. Officials plan to allow the fire to burn and have closed several trails in the area.

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