Four Wildfires Merge in Central Montana

By Beacon Staff

LEWISTON – Fire officials say four lightning-caused wildfires burning in central Montana merged into one fire on Sunday and about 15 square miles have burned.

The Raven Rat Patch Fire is burning about 48 miles north of Winnett mostly on Bureau of Land Management land and the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge south of the Missouri River.

The fires were first reported Saturday after a lightning storm moved through the area.

Authorities say two helicopters, 11 fire engines and about 80 firefighters are battling the blaze, and that more help is on the way.