No Grass Creek blaze prompts closures; Murray fire nears containment

Phil Drake

A closure order was issued Wednesday for portions of the Helena Ranger District as the No Grass Creek fire continues to burn east of Deer Lodge, U.S. forest officials said.

The area closure includes Kading Campground and trails around the Blackfoot Meadows. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and Kading Cabin remain open. The closure will be in effect until Nov. 4, unless rescinded, officials with the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest said.

The No Grass Creek fire, which started Sept. 11 in Powell County, had burned 1,003 acres as of Tuesday.

Helena Ranger District staff are using real-time and site-specific factors (e.g., terrain/topography, knowledge of fuel loading, weather trends and forecasts, etc.) along with current and future site-specific weather forecasts to manage the fire. Staff have developed a fire planning area that exceeds the current and probable size of the fire to allow for options for management actions as the fire behavior, conditions and location change.

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