Crown Mountain fire west of Augusta at 1,368 acres

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A large air tanker drops one of its last loads over the Crown Mountain fire, Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest officials posted Wednesday on Facebook.

Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Independent Record

The Crown Mountain fire 16 miles west of Augusta in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex is now at 1,368 acres, officials said Wednesday, noting that fire activity over the past two days was minimal due to the 2 inches of snowfall, cooler temperatures and decreased winds.

The fire started Oct. 4 within the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest and the cause is under investigation. There are 89 personnel assigned to the blaze.

During the first three days of the blaze, gusty winds, unseasonably high temperatures and dry conditions brought dangerous firefighting conditions for direct attack on the fire.

The fire is burning within portions of the footprint of the 1988 Canyon Creek fire.

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Benchmark Road is closed about 1.5 miles east of the forest boundary. Beaver

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