Small wildfires keep Montana firefighters busy

2014-07-27T14:38:00Z 2014-07-28T16:46:07Z Small wildfires keep Montana firefighters busyThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 27, 2014 2:38 pm  • 

Firefighters attacked and monitored several wildfires around Montana over the weekend.

The Shoestring Fire on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest was 50 percent contained after it was spotted Friday and burned 15-20 acres. Firefighters also quickly contained a nearby, smaller spot fire.

The Lodge Grass Basin fire in the Bighorn Mountains of the Crow Reservation did not grow over the weekend after burning about 165 acres since last Tuesday. Firefighters could only drop water from helicopters because the inaccessible terrain.

In Treasure County, firefighters and others contained a wildfire that broke out Saturday afternoon between Interstate 94 and the Yellowstone River. It burned about 500 acres.

A fire burning southwest of Hamilton in the Bitterroot Mountains grew to 40 acres Sunday.

Another small fire was burning northwest of Helena.

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