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Wilderness fire continues to grow near Arlee

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ARLEE — The lightning-caused Crooks fire has burned 1,130 acres in the wilderness area located 10 air miles east of Arlee since it started on July 21. 

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Division of Fire reported that the fire was 0 percent contained as of Monday, Aug. 16. The fire is burning deep in the wilderness with no structures threatened and no evacuations in effect. St. Mary’s Lake to the North Fork is closed. The main Jocko Road, 1000 Road, is closed at the 3000 Road junction. 

“Fire activity has become more active on the north flank with the hot dry weather the past couple days,” officials said. “Type one and type two helicopters have helped to keep the fire growth minimal. Firefighters continue preparing containment and contingency lines near the South Fork gate along the South Fork Road.” 


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