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FireWatch

Sep 9, 2012 8:55 PM by Heath Heggem (heath@krtv.com)

Moose Mountain Fire burning in Little Belts

The Moose Mountain Fire has burned approximately 40 acres in the Little Belt Mountains.

Authorities say that the fire was sparked by lightning and first reported on Saturday afternoon.

According to Dave Cunningham with the Lewis & Clark National Forest, the fire is located about four miles west of Showdown Ski Area.

At this point, most of the work to contain the fire is from the air as helicopters are conducting drops on the blaze.

Cunningham says more personnel are expected to arrive on the fire line on Monday.

He says no structures are threatened, but the Forest Service is concerned about Red Flag fire conditions continuing into the early part of the week.

An Area Closure has been issued for the fire area; public and hunter safety is a major concern for firefighters and fire officials are asking everyone to please repect the closure order.

The Area Closure is as follows:

The Area starting at the junction of the Divide Road (Forest Road 839) with Highway 89 North then heading south along the west boundary of Highway 89, approximately 9 ? miles to the Jumping Creek Campground, then following the Forest Service boundary west northwest, approximately 6 miles to the Sheep Creek Road (Forest Road 119), then heading north along the east boundary of Forest Service Road 119, approximately 5 miles to the intersection of Forest Service Road 119 with the Calf Creek Trail (Forest Trail 724), then heading north northeast along the eastern edge of the Trail 724 approximately 1 ? miles to its junction with the East Fork of Calf Creek Trail (Forest Trail 722), then continuing along the southeast side of Forest Trail 722, approximately 3 ? miles to its intersection with the Onion Park Road (Forest Road 586); then continuing east along the south side of Forest Service Road 586 approximately 3 miles to its intersection with the Divide Road (Forest Road 839), then continuing east along the south side of Forest Service Road 839 approximately 10 miles to the junction of Forest Service Road 839 and Highway 89 North.

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