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Big Knife Fire near Arlee approaches 7,000 acres

Big Knife Fire
Big Knife Fire Plume
Big Knife Fire Plume from Colt Fire
Posted at 10:50 AM, Aug 18, 2023

MISSOULA — The Big Knife Fire burning five miles east of Arlee has grown from 6,275 acres to 6,958 acres with containment holding at 7% as of Friday, August 18, 2023.

There are no reports of any injuries or damaged buildings/structures.

Fire managers report the fire spread on the east side Thursday further into the primitive area resulting in a growth of 683 acres.

Several areas near the base of the mountains west of the Big Knife Fire remain in pre-evacuation status and Belmore Slough and Burnt Cabin Roads remain closed in the Tribal Primitive Area.

There are 221 people assigned to the lightning-sparked fire.

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions remain in place across the Flathead Indian Reservation.

You can find the latest information on this fire and others on the MT Fire Info website.


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