Crews Still Battling the Albert Fire Near Missoula
The Albert fire is burning about a mile west of the stone container plant in Missoula and is even bigger than originally thought. The fire has burned roughly 83 acres so far.
Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Fire Information Officer Cindy Super says the Albert fire was the result of a "perfect storm of fire conditions that result in extreme fire behavior." A combination of low humidity, dry conditions, 20-mph winds and difficult terrain combined to rapidly spread the fire.
On Monday, Firefighters managed to stop forward progress of the Albert fire, which is currently 25% contained. 95 crew members are currently working to mop up the fire from the outer edges by pouring water on the cinders and testing the ground by touch to make sure the fire is completely dead out.
Despite the progress firefighters have made on the blaze, Super says "as long as that fire is anything less than 100% contained it still has potential to grow."
Super says the Albert fire is expected to be 100 percent contained in the next two to three days.