Montana wildfire spans 1,000 acres; personnel cannot safely fight on the ground

A wildfire in western Montana has spread over 1,000 acres, tearing through the Helena National Forest.

The No Grass Creek Fire is located in the Helena Ranger District, an area that has experienced high tree mortality.

The 1,003-acre blaze is 0% contained and the Powell County Sheriff’s Office said fire resources assessed values ​​at risk.

Due to the current state of deadwood in the area, the Forest Service said it was “neither safe nor effective to send firefighters to the area.”

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“Firefighters manage from the air, while other firefighters observe the progress, activity and general fire behavior in the planning area from various vantage points across the district,” it said. he declares.

A closing order is in effect around the fire.

Additionally, due to the fire’s remote location, no homes or private property are threatened by the No Grass Creek Fire, allowing the fire to function naturally and provide ecological benefits.

However, wildfire smoke from that blaze and others in the region has forced authorities to issue air quality alerts for most western counties.

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The state Department of Environmental Quality said Monday that air quality had reached unhealthy levels.

“Numerous active wildfires in western Montana, Idaho and eastern Oregon are emitting smoke that has blanketed much of the state,” he warned.

The Forest Service said the district has developed a management strategy based on real-time factors, as well as site-specific weather forecasts.

The sheriff’s office says cooler conditions are expected throughout the week as some Pacific moisture begins to move into the fire zone.

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