Posted: Aug 1, 2013 9:26 AM by MTN News
PHILIPSBURG - The Moose Meadows Fire has grown to 3,400 acres and is now 20% contained.
Evacuations remain in place for residences on Middle Fork Road, south of the junction with U.S. Forest Service Road 5130. A shelter is still set up for evacuees at Granite County High School in Philipsburg.
There are now 480 people assigned to battle the lightning-sparked blaze that flares to life on July 25 in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, 18 miles southeast of Philipsburg.
Cloud cover and cooler temperatures on Wednesday helped crews increase containment of the fire, but managers are keeping an eye out for storms that are expected to hit the area on Thursday.
The predicted weather could bring rain, lighting and wind gusts of up to 50 mph.