Murray fire southwest of Helmville now 65% contained


The Murray fire 12 miles southwest of Helmville was listed at 70 acres Sunday evening and 65% contained.

“Fire activity was minimal again today,” fire officials wrote, “with just a few hotspots smoldering in the very interior of the fire area.”

There are 135 personnel assigned to the fire.

Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) officials said aircraft is primarily being used to shuttle equipment, cargo and firefighters to and from the spike camp in the fire area, as well as doing mapping missions.

The steep and rocky terrain has proved challenging for crews.

The fire was reported 6 a.m. Sept. 5 and was determined to be lightning-caused. No injuries have been reported nor have any structures been damaged. The fire is on Bureau of Land Management property under the protection of the DNRC.

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