Crown Mountain fire near Augusta now at 1,202 acres

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The Crown Mountain fire was listed at 1,202 acres on Saturday.

U.S. Forest Service PHIL DRAKE

The Crown Mountain fire in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex 16 miles west of Augusta has burned 1,202 acres, officials said Saturday.

The fire started Oct. 4 within the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. Its cause remains under investigation. There was no estimate of containment posted in Saturday’s update on There are 140 personnel assigned.

This fire is burning within portions of the footprint of the 1988 Canyon Creek fire, officials said. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain and fueled by regenerated Lodgepole pine and heavy stands of Douglas fir.

The southeast edge of the fire slowly moved out of the heavy timber into lighter fuels, officials said Saturday. This allowed hotshot crews to engage with aviation support and check further spread toward the forest.

The Benchmark Corridor crew is working on point protection actions in the Double Falls and Ford Creek area. 

There was a spot across Petty Creek sized at about one-tenth of an acre

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