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Sanders County wildfire grows to 52 acres

Sanders County wildfire grows to 52 acres
The Tornilla Creek Fire is burning south of US Highway 2 and Middle Thompson Lake in Sanders County. (MT DNRC image)
Posted at 11:41 AM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 18:40:35-04

SANDERS COUNTY — A wildfire that broke out on Tuesday evening in Sanders County has grown to 52 acres.

The Tornilla Creek Fire was spotted from the air at around 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening and is burning south of US Highway 2 and Middle Thompson Lake in Sanders County.

The blaze was estimated at five-to-10 acres when it was first spotted and firefighters responded and worked to control the fire.

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) spokeswoman Ali Ulwelling reports that additional resources were then called in.

Several helicopters worked to help ground crews on Wednesday by dropping water on the flames which helped crews build fireline around the entire fire.

An Incident Management Team arrived at the fire on Thursday morning and a spike camp is being set up in Big Prairie.

There are no structures threatened, no evacuations are in place, and there are no closures at this time. The cause of the fire, which is now 60% contained, is still under investigation.