Fires in Musselshell and Yellowstone counties burn over 27K acres

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A Neptune Aviation BAe 146 drops up to 3,000 gallons of fire retardant as fire crews battle the Peterson Fire, one of three fires in the Bull Mountains near Roundup, on Monday.

LARRY MAYER, Billings Gazette AJ Etherington

Local, state and federal fire crews battled a series of lightning-ignited fires in southern Musselshell and northern Yellowstone counties over the weekend and into this week.

The three fires—dubbed the Musselshell-Yellowstone (MY) complex fire by the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team—were each at different levels of acreage burned and containment Monday morning. The Western Road fire had consumed 905 acres and was 55% contained; the Musselshell Trail Road fire had grown to be the largest of the three fires at 22,481 acres and was 43% contained; and the most active of the fires as of Monday morning was the Peterson fire, which had scorched 4,369 acres and was 0% contained.

The Peterson Fire, located south of Melstone along the Melstone-Custer road, doubled in size Sunday as crews battled a grueling combination of

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