Posted: Jul 29, 2013 9:05 AM by MTN News
ARLEE - Firefighters have slowed the growth of the Firestone Flats Fire that's burning northeast of Arlee.
New numbers show that the blaze has burned about 1,750 acres, down from some Sunday estimates that had placed the fire at around 2,000 acres.
Over 20 residences along Jocko Road were placed under evacuation orders on Saturday afternoon as the blaze roared to life.
A Type II Incident Management Team took over command of the fire, which was still 0% contained on Sunday evening.
Fire managers say they expect the flames to keep spreading to the north but hope that predicted cooler and calmer conditions will help firefighters.
A public information meeting is slated to be held at 8 p.m. Monday at the Arlee High School, where fire officials will brief the public on the latest about the blaze.
Nearly 250 people are assigned to the Firestone Flats Fire which flared to life on Saturday afternoon, including four helicopters and 13 engines.
Jocko Road, Pistol Creek Road and North Placid Lake Road remain closed to the public.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
(photo courtesy Roxanne Duffy)