Posted: Jul 7, 2012 10:29 AM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center
The fires burning in southeast Montana continue to grow with fire officials reported that as of Saturday morning over 333,000 acres had burned in the blazes that have been burning between Broadus and Colstrip.
What's been dubbed as the Southeastern Montana Complex is made up of the Ash Creek, Taylor, Coal Seam, Horse Creek and Powerline fires.
The Ash Creek fire was sparked by lightning on June 25th 10 miles east of Lame Deer and spread to the north and east and has burned over 248,000 acres. Nearly 800 people are assigned to battle the blaze.
(photo courtesy inciweb.org)
The Taylor Creek fire started on July 3rd and is burning in timber and grass understory, 25 miles southeast of Ashland. The fire spread rapidly in all directions due to dry fuel conditions and hot, dry weather and has torched over 59,000 acres.
The Horse Creek fire started on July 2nd while the Powerline fire started on July 4th. Both fires are located 20 miles west of Colstrip. The blazes are in patrol status and crews continue to put out hot spots.
The Coal Seam fire, located northwest of Busby is 100% contained after burning 527 acres.
Acreage and containment by individual fire:
Follow the Southeastern Montana Complex on Twitter @SE MT Complex or check out the Southeastern Montana Complex Fire Information Facebook page.