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Part of Hwy 37 shut down as crews battle 30-acre fire north of Libby

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LIBBY - The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday that crews are battling a 30-acre wildland fire approximately 3.5 miles up Highway 37, north of Libby. 

Multiple agencies are trying to knock down the blaze, which has been designated as high-priority. Air resources and equipment are also being used, but officials say that the only structure that is being threatened at this time is a power line. 

Highway 37 has been shut down at Pipe Creek, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. They said that if motorists need to get through that they should go through Jennings Haul Road. 

-- Tasha Johnson photo


4:36 p.m. -- Highway 37 has now been shut down at Pipe Creek, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. 

They said that if motorists need to get through that they should go through Jennings Haul Road.


4:17 p.m. -- The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is asking that motorists please avoid Highway 37 North as firefighters work to battle a forest fire that started at mile marker 3. 

"All the traffic is hindering to the fireman trying to fight the fire," the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post on Thursday. "LET EVERYONE DO THEIR JOB and STAY AWAY, no need to be nosy. We have deputies on scene for traffic control." 

There was no information in the post as to whether the LCSO was referring to the Zulu Fire which  is currently burning outside of Libby in Lincoln County. That fire has torched at least 20 acres as of Thursday afternoon.

RELATED: Lincoln County fire holding steady

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