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Sunday
Jul012012

Corral Fire contained

Smoke from the Corral Fire towered over the capitol city this week- KXLH photo(HELENA)- Fire managers expected to have the Corral Fire near Helena contained by Sunday evening, end a week of hardwork since the fire exploded Monday on the Scratchgravel Hills northwest of the city.

The fire burned hundreds of acres in just a few hours Monday evening into Tuesday, as high winds and hot temperatures hit the region. Fire officials say the fire started when a debris fire got out of control.

Teams headed by the Montana DNRC were able to battle through the bad conditions and stop the fire at 1,851 acres, although 4-structures were lost. 

Crews continues to work the fire scene on Sunday, dousing hot spots and doing mop up work. They're also started to set up some erosion control measures along the firelines, steep grades and other areas burned in the fire and will begin re-seeding and removal of hazard trees in the next few days. 

Authorities say a number of sightseers tried to enter the fire zone on ATVs today, and they're reminding everyone the area remains closed. 

Wednesday
Jun272012

Cooler weather helps with fire outside Helena

KXLH photo(HELENA)- For the first since it started. cooler weather is helping crews get a handle on the Corral Fire outside Helena.

There's still a lot of work to do, but fire managers say as of Wednesday evening they have 35% of the fire contained. 

Cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and especially a drop in the vicious winds of the past two days allowed fire teams to make progress on the blaze, which started Monday afternoon in the Scratchgravel Hills. Crews worked all day to strengthen an established fire line along the southwest flank of the fire, and began building more line along the western and northwestern sides of the blaze. Ground and aerial crews also tried to snuff hot spots around the fire's perimeter and to keep the fire from reaching more homes and structures. 

Crews are worried about a shift back to northerly winds on Thursday, saying it could mean more fire activity in Treasure Canyon  and Head Lane areas. 

The fire has burned more than 1,800 acres. 

The Lewis and Clark County Emergency Operations Center has more information on evacuations here. 

KXLH has more coverage of the fire and evacuations here. 

Tuesday
Jun262012

High winds forecast at Helena fire

KXLH photo(HELENA)- Fire managers have a close eye on the weather this morning, as they launch another day of attacking the spreading Corral Fire near Helena.

The fire had burned over 700-acres in just 8-hours by late Monday night. That forced the evacuation of some 200 homes, burning three homes along with some trailers. 

The battle continues this morning, but the weather continues to be the biggest enemy to fire crews. An arriving cold front could drive winds to as high as 40 mph, starting around noon today.