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Niarada Fire near Elmo holding at 20,365 acres

A view of the Niarada Fire that is burning off Montana Highway 28 west of Elmo on Aug. 4, 2023.
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Posted at 11:03 AM, Aug 18, 2023

Little change is being reported from the Niarada Fire which is burning 12 miles west of Elmo.

The fire is holding at 20,365 acres with containment growing from 81% to 85% as of Friday, August 18, 2023.

Fire managers report crews continued to build containment on the east side of the blaze and are preparing for predicted

A pre-evacuation warning issued by the Lake County Sheriff's Office remains in effect for the following:

  • Alexander Road
  • Early Dawn Road
  • Spring Lane Road
  • Walking Horse Lane
  • Windward Heights Road
  • Wildhorse View
  • Buffalo Bridge Road
  • Saddle Drive
  • Island Butte Lane
  • Bridle Path
  • Ten Deuce Way
  • Cliffview Drive
  • Ricketts Road

The remainder of the town of Elmo is in "ready" status.
There are 323 people assigned to the Niarada and Mill Pocket fires which were sparked by lightning.

Stage 2 fire restrictions remain in place across the Flathead Indian Reservation as well as in Lake, Flathead and Sanders counties.

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