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UPDATE – West Mullan Fire Over 4,000 Acres – Evacuation Center Opened [AUDIO]

UPDATE - 8:00 a. m. Friday, July 19.

The Mineral County Sheriff's Department has evacuated over 100 homes near the West Mullan Fire. The American Red Cross has opened an emergency evacuation center at the Superior Elementary School. Strong winds have pushed the fire to over 4,000 acres. The fire was discovered last Sunday, and the cause is still under investigation.

 

UPDATE - 2:00 a.m. Thursday, July 18, the following report is from the Inciweb.org, released at about 9:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The West Mullan fire remained active overnight. Crews were able to make additional progress on suppression activities above the residential areas north of West Mullan Road. The suppression line along Pardee Creek on the west side was strengthened with some burnout operations between the line and the fire. Several small spot fires occurred on the south side with upslope spread of the fire. Spotting is also detected on the east flank toward the Flat Creek drainage. These spots are up high on the mountain. Today, firefighters will continue line construction above Pardee Creek to tie in with an existing road. Crews will look for opportunities to construct line and attack the fire directly on East flank. An existing road on the northeast side will be prepared to serve as a contingency line. On the south side of the fire above residences, mopup of hot spots in the burned area will take place. Local fire departments are providing structure protection.

Residences north of Clark Fork River in Superior are under mandatory evacuation. West Mullan and East Mullan Road from Sunflower Lane to Big Eddy and side roads in between, are now under mandatory evacuation. Flat Creek Road is also under this evacuation order.

Pat McKelvey, Fire Information Officer

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has closed a five-mile section of the Clark Fork River near Superior so that water can be safely drawn from the river by helicopters fighting the West Mullan fire.

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Lightning Fire Burning in Wilderness Near Gold Creek Northeast of Missoula

Inciweb reports that firefighters are responding to a new fire approximately 17 miles northeast of Missoula and three miles east of Boulder Lake in the Gold Creek area on the Missoula Ranger District.

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UPDATE – More Evacuations Ordered in West Mullan Fire Near Superior [AUDIO]

UPDATE - Tuesday, July 16, 8:00 a.m.

Movement by the West Mullan Fire burning not far from Superior has caused more evacuations, according to fire information officer Pat McKelvey.

"There were some more evacuations ordered overnight in the West Mullan Road area," McKelvey said. "The fire burned down the slope towards those homes."

McKelvey said traffic is becoming a problem on I-90.

"Everybody wants to see the fire, see the helicopters working the area, and people are stopping on the side of the road  creating a traffic hazard," McKelvey said. "The Highway Patrol is being very aggressive in keeping people from stopping along the highway, so please don't do that."
Fire Information Officer Pat McKelvey

The fire is still at about 700 acres.

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Mustang Fire Causes Closures in Bitterroot Forest [AUDIO]

Mustang Fire Complex causing some closures in the Bitterroot National Forest.

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Wildfire East of Missoula Triples in Size

The Elevation fire in the Elk Creek area of the Garnet Mountains east of Missoula tripled in size yesterday.

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Mustang Fire Hit by Wind and Lightning, But No Rain

Tuesday's storm clouds brought rain to Missoula, but missed the areas of the region that need it most.

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Human Caused Fires Decline, but Fire Reports Double in Western Montana

August is traditionally the peak month for wildfires in western Montana and, so far, this year is already blazing hotter than last.

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Update – Butler Fire Burning Near Ch – Paa – Qn Peak [AUDIO]

Butler Fire burning not far from Ch-Paa-Qn Peak.

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Missoula County Fire Danger Increased to Very High [AUDIO]

Fire danger in Missoula County increased to VERY HIGH.

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Update on Chrandal Creek Fire [AUDIO]

Chrandal Creek fire has cost over $4 million to fight so far.

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