UPDATE: JULY 29 AT 8:42 P.M.
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BOZEMAN, Mont. - The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office shared a video showing a pilot at work dropping fire retardant.
MISSOULA - Though summer has just arrived for most of Montana, Neptune Aviation is already sending in resources to suppress fires across the West. Seven of the company's nine aircraft are fighting fires from the sky.
The Strawberry Creek Fire has reached the area around the Swift Dam, causing mandatory evacuations for ranchers and families in the area. Wind conditions are actually in favor of the firefighters battling this blaze. The thick smokey air smelled like pine needles and burning sap.
Evacuations have been ordered for East Sinclair Creek. Dispatchers at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department in Eureka say evacuations have been issued for five roads: Sherman Creek Road, Griffith Creek Road, Therriault Creek Road, Stevens Road and Grave Creek Road. The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center.
Despite Monday having a red flag warning, the three fires burning near Rock Creek saw about the same amount of growth as previous days. Previously known as Goat Creek, Sliprock and Little Hogback, those three fires are now being referred to as the Sapphire Complex. Combined, the fires total 5,464 acres. Little Hogback grew over 2,700 acres. Goat Creek grew just over 500 more acres to around 2,300 acres and the smallest of the fires, Sliprock, saw little growth an...
Both the Burdette and Sunrise fires are now approximately 52 acres and producing visible smoke today as available fuels burn within the fire area. Actions today included gaining access to some areas near the fires so that heavy equipment and other resources can be staged for suppression efforts.