(ROSEBUD)- Firefighters made some progress in getting containment on the massive Rosebud Complex fires in Southeast Montana Saturday. But they're bracing for more hard work ahead as hot temperatures and windy conditions return this week.
The fires, which comprise a total of six blazes, have now burned a total of more than 174,000 acres with overall containment estimated at 20%. The largest fire, the Chalky Fire, has burned 136,636 acres of that total.
Fire crews had been helped by cooler, calmer weather the past few days. But fire activity increased Saturday as temperatures went up and humidity dropped. And Montana DNRC expects the fires to be more active with temperatures Sunday climbing back into the 90s, with humidity below 20%.
The voluntary evacuation notice around Lame Deer has been lifted, and Highway 212 and Highway 39 have been re-opened.