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Mountain View Fire 25 percent contained

Fire still holding at 2800 acres
Posted at 5:53 PM, Aug 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-31 20:00:33-04

Fire resources are working Saturday to achieve a ‘three-chain’ standard for control, equivalent to 198 feet, reaching from the perimeter of the fire inward.

Crews are evaluating and initiating suppression repair and decommissioning fire lines that were laid during the initial attack. Helicopters and crews are on alert to respond to any new fire starts.

The fire had no growth over the evening and is continuing to hold at 2,800 acres. No structures have burned.

There are currently staff and crews from DNRC, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Blackfeet Nation, private and other local resources onsite.

The Mountain View Fire was reported to dispatch Wednesday, August 28, and is burning in the Buffalo Trail area southeast of the town of Molt.

The fire area is comprised of steep rocky terrain with homes along the southwest perimeter.

When crews responded Wednesday, windy and dry conditions caused the fire to spread. Thursday, fire resources were successful in keeping the fire at bay.

The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s DNRC County Assist Team CAT arrived Thursday to assist and provide logistical support.

Incident Commander David Hamilton and team will be on scene and managing the fire through the weekend. Friday, all engines were on scene and assigned to different ‘

divisions (areas) of the fire.