Several agencies are battling a new fire reported this morning near the location of the 2011 West Riverside fire. Cindy Super, fire information officer with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, says the fire is a little more than an acre in size, but is attracting a lot of attention.
Late Friday, fire officials, along with the Mineral County Sheriff's Department, lifted the mandatory evacuations around Superior where the West Mullan fire has now reached over 5,000 acres, but is now 30% contained.
Typically, Montana's wildfire season would officially end on September 30, but a new proclamation from Montana DNRC Director Mary Sexton and Forestry Division Administrator Bob Harrington will extend Montana’s fire season indefinitely.
Firefighters continue to battle what is called the 41 Complex, a group of four fires burning in the Sapphire Mountains not far from Hamilton. DNRC Fire Information Officer Gil Knight says good progress was made on the Up-Top Fire and provides statistics on the firefighting efforts for Wednesday
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