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Wildland fire reported northeast of Plains

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Posted at 6:59 PM, Apr 21, 2020

Officials have responded to a reported fire just northeast of Plains Tuesday evening.

Sanders County Wildland Fire Information shared on Facebook that the Montana DNRC is currently battling a 20-plus acre fire in the Henry Creek drainage northeast of Plains. Up to 30 firefighters are currently on the fire and the Lolo National Forest hotshot crew has been ordered for support.

No structures are reportedly threatened. The cause of the fire was not mentioned in the post.

The DNRC helicopter is working the fire with a bucket. According to the post, although the fire is on USFS land, it is under DNRC protection.

Another fire is burning but under control on Eddy Flats between Thompson Falls and Plains. That fire is reported to be about half of an acre with four firefighters on site. That fire is in USFS protection area.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.