High Winds Lead to 25-Acre Spot Fire near North Fork Blaze

Additional resources have been ordered to help contain the slop-over

By Beacon Staff

Firefighters are trying to contain a 25-acre spot fire that was caused by high winds near the Glacier Rim Fire up the North Fork.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, additional resources have been ordered to help contain the slop-over near the containment lines in the south and southwest corners.

Firefighters continue to reinforce and hold already established containment lines around the perimeter of the original fire, which has burned 85 acres and is 70 percent contained. The human-caused fire, situated north of Columbia Falls off the North Fork Road, started June 27. An investigation into the cause of the incident is underway.

Canyon Creek Road has been closed to public access at the junction with the North Fork Road #486 and at the junction at Trumbull Creek Road #9848.

The high winds and cold front that were predicted on July 4 did not manifest until after midnight. A trace amount of moisture was recorded near the fire area but the high winds caused the fire to spot.

The interior of the fire is still producing intense heat. Creeping fire is burning out the bases of snags, causing them to fall. Snags from the 2003 Robert Fire remain as a concern for firefighters safety.

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