PHILLIPS COUNTY, Mont. (NMB) – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has confirmed that wildfires are currently burning in both Phillips and Blaine Counties.
Mud Creek Fire – Phillips County
A representative from the BLM, the lead agency responding to the fire, says the first fire was reported at 11:30 AM Thursday morning.
As of Friday afternoon, the fire was holding steady 93 acres in size and is burning timber, brush and grass on private land in the Little Rockies west of Zortman, between Hays and the DY Junction. The fire was 50 percent contained as of Friday afternoon. Four structures continue to be threatened, but no evacuations are in effect.
BLM Lewistown Duty Officer Don Pyrah says assistance on the scene on Thursday included five engines, two helicopters, two water tenders, one dozer, one county road grader, and an air attack.
At the scene Friday morning were five engines, one helicopter, one water tender, 10 smokejumpers, and a helicopter.
A cause of the fire has not been determined.
Anchor Fire – Blaine County
At 8:51 AM Friday morning, a fire was reported in southern Blaine County.
The Chinook and Harlem Fire Departments responded to the scene, as well as federal and state resources.
It is located on state school trust land in the Bull-whacker Drainage area and is approximately four acres in size. It is burning grass and trees.
On the scene Friday included two state engines, a helicopter, smokejumpers, and five engines from Blaine County (some private).
A cause has not been determined, but it is possible it was sparked by lightning early Friday morning.
No structures are threatened and a containment percentage is not currently available.
Stay tuned for updates.
This story has been updated with additional information