ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The Southeastern Montana Complex Fire Map grew today as new concerns in the Montana wildfires fight surfaced. Officials warned news that Ash Creek Fire, Taylor Fire, Coal Seam Fire, Horse Creek Fire and Powerline Fire expanded today, all part of what is being called the Southeastern Montana Complex. Officials tell news that the Taylor Creek section of the Complex Fire, which erupted on Tuesday, is making major advances through Thursday. Meantime, the Ash Creek fire is currently ten miles outside of Lame Deer.
In a news briefing today, officials warned that the Taylor Creek spread to roughly twenty-five miles outside of Ashland. The fire is being advanced by exceptionally dry weather conditions and difficult terrain.
The Taylor Creek Fire, since its beginning on July 3, has already grown to forty-three thousand acres, joining the largest other fire in the Complex, the Ash Creek. The Ash Creek Fire has already burned a quarter million acres. Officials tell news today that the “The Southeastern Montana Complex was established on July 4th to enable better and more efficient utilization of available resources on multiple fires in southeastern Montana.”
The entire Complex Fire remains at only twenty-five personnel currently. The Ash Creek Fire, in turn, is at fifty percent containment due to the efforts of eight hundred firefighters under Incident Commander Tom Heintz.
Earlier today, officials on the Ash Creek blaze told news that “Nightshift crews were able to complete containment line around the fire south of Highway 212 last night.” For the latest fire map, click HERE. For the latest on other fires across the country today, click HERE.