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Magpie Rock Fire grows to estimated 1,200 acres

Magpie Rock Fire about eight miles west of Dixon
Posted at 1:55 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 16:06:07-04

MISSOULA — A wildfire burning in Sanders County has grown to an estimated 1,200 acres.

The Magpie Rock Fire -- which is located eight miles west of Dixon -- is burning in steep, rocky terrain with dense brush and timber.

Fire managers report that very extreme fire behavior was seen on Tuesday as 20 mile-per-hour winds pushed toward Revais Creek.

Heavy air tankers dropped retardant on the fire, along with help from other aviation resources. There are currently 165 personnel assigned to the fire.

Resources assigned include six Type 6 engines, 10 smokejumpers, three 20-man Type II Initial Attack Crews, one 10-man short crew, two helicopters, and two dozers.

There are no evacuations and no structures threatened at this time, and there have been no injuries.

Revais 6000 Road between Revais and Magpie as well as Magpie 5000 Road are closed and people are being asked to stay out of the area.

The cause of the fire -- which remains 0% contained -- is believed to be a lightning holdover and is still being investigated.