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Officials close Highway 84 after Beartrap Fire jumps roadway

Published On: Jun 26 2012 01:34:07 PM MDT   Updated On: Jun 26 2012 10:01:21 PM MDT
Fire in the Bear Trap Canyon area closes portion of Madison River
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The following is a news release from the Dillon Interagency Dispatch Center.

"Sustained winds of 40 miles per hour have grounded aerial resources and pushed the fire across Highway 84 to the north. Travelers in the area are encouraged to choose alternate routes for safety concerns.

The fire, reported at 11:52 a.m. on Monday, June 25th, is burning on BLM and privately owned lands in brush, sage and timber.

Currently the fire is being managed by both Madison County and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. The fire is believed to be human-caused.

An Incident Management Team, under the leadership of Incident Commander Stan Benes, has been ordered and will arrive at the fire later this evening.

Approximately one hundred firefighters from the Forest Service, BLM, Montana DNRC and Madison County Volunteer Fire Departments, are assisting in the management of this fire.

As hot windy conditions prevail, people are advised to be cautious with fire. Make sure campfires are “dead out” before leaving. Fireworks are not permitted on federal and state lands."

The following information is from the Montana Department of Transportation.

"MT-84 is now CLOSED from MP 0.0 at Norris to MP 12.0. Because the fire has jumped the roadway, eastbound traffic must remain on US-287 and westbound traffic needs to detour on S-288 Churchill Road at this time."