Posted: Jul 29, 2012 8:45 AM by MTN News
The Wolf Creek Fire and 15 Mile Fire north of Winnett in central Montana both had control lines around them as of Saturday night.
But another fire sparked Saturday morning northwest of those blazes, with the Dovetail Fire burning 1,000 acres.
Fire officials say resources from the Skibstad Fire near Columbus, the Wolf Creek and the 15 Mile fires have been re-allocated to help fight the blaze. Structures are threatened by the Dovetail Fire, but it is unknown how many.
Meanwhile, the Wolf Creek Fire is centered about 35 miles north of Winnett in Petroleum County, and has burned 12,160 acres on private, state, and BLM-managed lands. Containment as of Saturday is estimated at 50%.
The 15 Mile Fire is centered about 15 miles north of Winnett, and has scorched just over 1,500 acres on private, state, and BLM-managed lands. Containment as of Saturday is estimated at about 90%.
The Wolf Creek and 15 Mile fires are believed to have been sparked by lightning several days ago while the cause of the Dovetail Fire is not yet known.