Wildfire west of Augusta estimated at 300 acres

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The Crown Mountain fire was discovered Oct. 4 west of Augusta.

The Crown Mountain fire is now estimated at 300 acres. 

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The Crown Mountain fire is now estimated to be 300 acres and is burning west of Augusta in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, about one mile in from the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest boundary, officials said Wednesday

The fire was discovered at 1:49 p.m. Oct. 4. It is south of Benchmark Road. A full suppression strategy is in effect.

No evacuations have been ordered by the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office at this point. A closure is anticipated at the Forest Boundary with Benchmark Road. Officials said it is burning in the 1988 Canyon Creek Fire footprint, where there are heavy Douglas fir stands.

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