Crown Mountain fire more than doubles to 818 acres

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A column of smoke comes off the Crown Mountain fire Wednesday evening. The photo was taken from state Highway 435 looking southwest toward the fire. 

U.S. Forest Service Public Information Officer Duane Buchi Phil Drake

The Crown Mountain fire in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex 16 miles west of Augusta more than doubled overnight and is now at 818 acres, forest officials said Thursday.

The fire started Oct. 4 within the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. Its cause remains under investigation. The fire, reported at 300 acres Wednesday, is 0% contained.

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Gusty winds, unseasonably high temperatures and dry conditions have resulted in active fire behavior and dangerous firefighting conditions for direct attack on the fire, the U.S. Forest Service said.

The conditions forced air and ground crews to disengage from the fire Tuesday and Wednesday. This fire is burning within portions of the footprint of the 1988 Canyon Creek fire, officials said. The fire is burning

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