Fire burning in Gallatin National Forest believed to be human-caused

2012-08-14T18:15:00Z 2013-02-12T21:56:47Z Fire burning in Gallatin National Forest believed to be human-causedGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
August 14, 2012 6:15 pm  • 

UPDATE:

After an aggressive initial attack Tuesday afternoon, some resources are being released from the Tom Miner fire, information officer Al Nash said Tuesday evening.

"The fire activity has diminished," Nash said. "We had a lot of firefighters and equipment on the fire right away."

The fire remains estimated at 12-acres. Containment estimates were not available as of 7 p.m.

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A wildfire that sparked in the Gallatin National Forest on Tuesday afternoon is believed to be human-caused.

Fire information officer Al Nash said the fire, which is burning in the Tom Miner Basin north of Gardiner, is estimated to have burned 12 acres and is zero percent contained.

"But we have a lot of resources fighting this fire and the incident commander hopes to have the fire contained by tomorrow afternoon," Nash said.

The Gallatin National Forest, Montana Department of Natural Resources, Yellowstone National Park and local resources have responded to the fire with eight smoke jumpers, two helicopters, one air tanker, four heli-rappellers, several firefighters, engines and tenders.

Nash said structures in the area are threatened, but no evacuations have been ordered as of 5:30 p.m.

The fire is burning mostly timber in a drainage and on a southwest facing slope.

Check back for updates

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