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Meyers fire now at over 61,800 acres

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Bitterroot Hotshots working on a burnout operation on Sept. 9. (inciweb.org photo) Bitterroot Hotshots working on a burnout operation on Sept. 9. (inciweb.org photo)
PHILIPSBURG -

PHILIPSBURG - Fire managers report that although Monday was an active fire day in several locations on the Meyers fire, there was minimal fire growth. 

The blaze grew a bit on Monday and now stands at over 61,800 acres. There are residences still at risk including those in the Moose Lake, Frog Pond, Billie Springer Memorial Park and Bonanza Lands areas.

Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for the Moose Lake and Frog Pond areas while an evacuation warning from Teepee Creek to Little East Fork in Ravalli County is also still in place.

The Carpp Creek drainage at the eastern part of the fire remains a high priority with fire officials saying that helicopters will continue to monitor the area and make water drops as needed to keep spot fires in check and hold the fire south of the creek.

There are 373 people assigned to battle the lightning sparked blaze that's burning 25 miles southwest of Philipsburg.

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