Magpie Rock Fire Slows; 62% Contained

The Horseshoe Fire near Polson is 80% contained

By Maggie Dresser
Fire crews tackle the Magpie Fire outside of Dixon. Photo courtesy of CSKT Division of fire

The 3,539-acre Magpie Rock Fire near Dixon on the Flathead Indian Reservation has slowed and is now 62% contained as of Monday, Aug. 3, according to Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire.

With no growth since Sunday, fire divisions will continue to mop-up along the fire’s edge. Division Alpha and Division Bravo successfully conducted aerial burnouts over the weekend, which helped slow the fire despite hot and dry conditions.

“That was the open end of where they needed to close it up and get some buffer in there from anything growing,” said C.T. Camel, a spokesperson for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Division of Fire.

There were 330 personnel assigned to the fire as of Aug. 3.

The fire was reported on Monday, July 27 and is burning in steep, rocky terrain with dense brush and timber.

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

As of Aug. 2, the Horseshoe Fire, caused by an unattended campfire, 10 miles southwest of Polson along the banks of the Flathead River, is 80% contained.

There are no planned evacuations and no structures threatened near either wildfire.

Officials remind the public to stay out of wildfire areas and adhere to all road closures.

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