(BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS)- Cooler weather, coupled with high humidity has been helping slow the growth of the Prisoner Lake Fire in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
The fire, started by lightning in the past week, now measures just over 3,300 acres and is burning southeast of the Middle Fork of the Flathead. Fire crews are using a supression attack on the fire because of the hazards presented by the fire conditions in the Bob Marshall this summer, and the additional fires burning in the same general area.
Cooler conditions over the past couple of days helped to slow the growth of the fire, with the blaze gradually "creeping" and fewer trees torching. Fire managers say there are still areas in the center of the fire that are burning trees not touched by the initial blaze. Terrain is also helping to contain the fire.
Trails in the area have been closed for public safety including the Molly Creek Trail and the White River to White Pass trails.