(WISE RIVER)- Quick work has enabled fire crews to make significant progress on a wildfire that burned about 45-acres along the Big Hole River in just a few hours.
The Pioneer Fire broke out late Monday afternoon on private and BLM land along MT-43 west of Wise River.
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest reports the fire spread rapidly in the gusty winds threatening a number of buildings as it jumped the highway. At one point, authorities were still allowing vehicles through, but were advising people coming to and from Wisdom to consider taking the long way around.
As many as 30-personnel were working the fire, helped by a helicopter and two Forest Service engines, with volunteer firefighters on the scene as well from Wise River, Wisdom and Dillon.
By 9:30, crews had been able to contain 75% of the fire. Work is expected to continue through the night.