Murray fire southwest of Helmville now 65% contained | State and Region


The Murray Fire 12 miles southwest of Helmville was listed at 70 acres Sunday evening and 65% contained.

“Fire activity was still minimal today,” fire officials wrote, “with only a few hot spots smoldering within the actual fire area.”

There are 135 people assigned to the fire.

Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) officials said the aircraft was primarily used to transport equipment, cargo and firefighters to and from the peak camp in the fire area, as well as to carry out mapping missions.

The steep, rocky terrain proved difficult for the crews.

The fire was reported at 6 a.m. on September 5 and was determined to be caused by lightning. No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged. The fire is on Bureau of Land Management property under the protection of the DNRC.

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Also Sunday evening, the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest reported that firefighters were responding to a new fire on Cliff Mountain east of Deer Lodge.

Officials said the No Grass Creek Fire, reported at 3:47 p.m., is estimated to be between 50 and 100 acres in size and exhibits active behavior. An air attack is on its way. More details will be shared as they become available.

There are now 41 active fires in Montana, or 1,780 total fires this year and 109,000 acres burned, the DNRC said.