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Despite wind, firefighters make strong progress at Mill Creek blaze

By Scott Zoltan, KECI Reporter, szoltan@keci.com
Published On: Jul 27 2013 06:17:52 PM MDT
Residents displaced by Mill Creek Fire sound off on fire crew response
MISSOULA, Mont. -

On Saturday, firefighters tackling the Mill Creek Fire near Frenchtown announced that containment has doubled, to 60 percent. The blaze is holding steady at 720 acres.

Crews have been concentrating on fighting back against Saturday’s winds. Crews sawed down dead trees, and mopped up near structures. Teams also used mobile gps’s to get an updated map of the fire-line.

“It’s something we take very seriously,” said Missoula County Information Officer Forest Merrill. “High winds…and mother nature is always an unpredictable creature. Right now we’re looking at solidifying our dozer lines and bringing in more hose lines.”

Merrill tells NBC Montana that two engines and two dozers have been taken off the Mill Creek  fire, so that they may help in the fire burning in Alee’s Jocko Canyon area.