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Monday
Sep042017

Fire crews using all available resources on Highway 200 Complex

USFS photo (PLAINS)- Fire managers are throwing everything they have at the Highway 200 Complex fires, which have already burned more than 8,000 acres in the Lower Clark Fork region.

Most of the fires started with passing thunderstorms a week ago Monday. But their growth has really happened since temperatures climbed and humidity dropped since late last week.

The latest maps show the fires have scorched just over 8,200 acres, capped by the Sheep Gap Fire, which is burning in the mountains just west of Plains on the south side of the Clark Fork River. 

Crews are using heavy equipment to build fire lines and aerial attack on the Sheep Gap Fire, where residents living along River Road West were evacuated over the weekend. However, no structures have been lost. 

Work also continues on the Deep Creek, Cub Creek, and Reader fires. Fire managers are surveying the Moose Fire to plan out their attack. But the smaller, Miller Fire is unstaffed because there are simply no more resources available. 

Fire managers are worried about the critical fire weather this evening, but also the forecast the next several days, with more dry weather forecast.

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