Wildfire Burning Hundreds of Acres Near Dixon

Magpie Rock Fire estimated to be 250-300 acres and is 0% contained as of Tuesday morning, Flathead County fire danger moved to high

By Maggie Dresser

A wildfire estimated to be 250 to 300 acres is burning eight miles west of Dixon with 0% containment as of Tuesday morning.

The Magpie Rock Fire was reported at midnight on Monday, July 27 and is still under investigation, but is believed to be a lightning holdover, according to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire.

The wildfire is currently burning in steep, rocky terrain with dense brush and timber.

There are 139 personnel assigned to the Type 3 incident, including six Type 6 engines, 10 smokejumpers, three 20-man Type II Initial Attack crews, one 10-man short crew, six Single Engine Air Tankers, two helicopters and two dozers.

Helicopters did bucket work on hotspots, and firefighters and equipment will continue to establish containment lines today.

Today’s forecast in the area is in 95 to 100 degrees in valleys and 70 to 75 degrees on mountain ridges with 13-23% humidity and winds less 15 miles per hour on ridgetops.

Revais 6000 Road between Revais and Magpie and Magpie 5000 Road are both closed.

There are no planned evacuations and no threatened structures.

On July 27, the fire danger rating was moved to high in Flathead County, as well as Flathead National Forest, Glacier National Park, DNRC Swan Unit, Stillwater Unit, Kalispell Unit and other state lands, according to local fire managers.

High fire danger means fine dead fuels like cured grass, needles and small twigs can catch fire readily and fires can start easily. Unattended campfires will likely escape.

Fire officials ask people to stay out of the area, adhere to all closures and maintain safe practices as the 2020 summer wildfire season arrives in Northwest Montana.

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