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New fire burns 60 acres SW of Philipsburg

Published On: Jul 25 2013 06:46:15 PM MDT   Updated On: Jul 25 2013 06:51:55 PM MDT
DILLON, Mont. -

A new fire is burning about 60 acres, 18 miles southwest of Philipsburg in the Moose Mountain area. The fire was reported Thursday afternoon around 3:30 and handcrews along with helicopters are battling the blaze.

Weather conditions are dry, and fire officials urge folks to use caution, especially with campfires, cigarettes and vehicles.

The following is a press release from Information Officer Leona Rodreick:

Detected: July 25, 2013
Cause: Under Investigation
Location: 18 miles southwest of Philipsburg in the Moose Mountain area
Jurisdiction: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Size: 60+ acres
Containment: 0%
• 2 Type 2 Handcrews
• 2 Type 2 Helicopters
• 1 Type 1 Helicopter

Resources Ordered:
Airtankers, Type 1 Handcrews, Type 2 Incident Management Team (Pearson)

Summary: The Moose Meadow fire was first reported on Thursday, July 25, around 3:30 p.m. The fire is burning approximately 18 miles southwest of Philipsburg, MT in the Moose Mountain area of the Sapphire Mountain Wilderness Study Area. The fire is estimated to be 60 acres and is growing in size.
The Granite County Sheriff is currently conducting evacuations in the Moose Lake and Copper Creek areas.

With the current dry weather conditions, officials are advising people to be cautious with fire when recreating outdoors. Make sure your fire is completely out. Stay on designated roads and trails with your vehicles, and extinguish cigarettes completely.

For more information about the Moose Meadow Fire go online to www.inciweb.nwcg.gov.