The No Grass Creek fire east of Deer Lodge has grown to 1,003 acres, officials said Tuesday.
The fire is in Powell County on the west end of the Helena Ranger District of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. The fire, reported 3:47 p.m. Sept. 11, was initially sized up at 50-100 acres. It is in the Electric Peak Inventoried Roadless Area and is not threatening any homes or private property at this time, forest officials said.
“Fire growth today has been primarily west, northwest moving just past the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest boundary,” U.S. Forest officials said.
They said cooler conditions are expected the rest of the week as some Pacific moisture starts moving into the fire area. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
The fire is in an area that has had large amounts of tree mortality, forest officials said Tuesday. The fuel loading is dense and because of the current state of the dead timber, it’s neither safe nor effective to put fire personnel into the area.
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They said fire personnel are managing from the air, while other firefighters are observing