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More fires start across Valley

Two new fires are burning in the Mission Valley, according to Curtiss Matt, information officer for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire. Both were reported on Aug. 20, and the causes are still under investigation.

The Valley Creek Fire is located 20 miles southwest of Arlee, has burned about 12 to 15 acres of heavy logging slash and is 50 percent contained. As of press time, two bulldozers and eight firefighters are working to contain the fire. Additional crews were ordered in Monday, Matt said.

About 10 miles west of Dixon on the Flathead River, the Perma Bridge Fire has burned about 160 acres of grass with some timber, Matt said.

There is no estimate for containment, but as of 6 a.m. Monday, 32 firefighters were working on the blaze. Additional crews are on order for this fire also. No structures are threatened in either fire. 

The CSKT Division of Fire contained a 1.3-acre fire along Highway 28 near Dog Lake on Saturday. The fire is now on patrol status 

“Right now, crews are depleted on the reservation,” Matt said. “We are trying to get four more initial attack crews in here.”

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