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Bon Accord Fire near Dillon grows to 160 acres

Fire approximately 30% contained
Bon Accord Fire
Posted at 7:17 AM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 09:17:42-04

DILLON — A 160-acre wildfire continued to burn west of Dillon Monday.

Firefighters have the Bon Accord Fire -- which is burning in a wooded area north of Bannack -- about 30% contained.

The fire started Saturday from a lightning strike.

Two hot spot crews and air support are fighting the fire, but weather conditions have caused the fire to grow over the weekend.

“We thought we had a good handle on part of it and then we had a downburst that came out of a thunderstorm that spotted across a road," said DNRC Fire Management Officer Don Copple.

"And then we had a significant wind shift and it pushed the fire the other direction. We didn't have enough resources right on scene at that time to get a handle on it when it was smaller," he added.

No structures are threatened by the blaze.