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(Neb)-Smoke From Montana Fires Still Plagues Region

By: John Axtell Posted at: 09/02/2017 04:21 AM
CHADRON - Smoke from more than 2 dozen wildfires in Montana continues to create hazy conditions in the Black Hills and as far south as the Panhandle, but crews yesterday battled at least two firew in the Black Hills.

     The bigger blaze was the lightning-caused Elk Run Fire, which was reported Wednesday afternoon on private land in Custer County south of Argyle and West of Hwy 89.

      Its size was reduced from 400 acres to 225 after GPS mapping and was listed as 20% contained yesterday afternoon with the threat to structures mitigated.

     At that time there were approximately 125 personnel from federal, state, and local agencies on the fire: 12 engines, 3 hand crews, 1 dozer, and 1 helicopter.

     Yesterday's effort focused on taking advantage of favorable weather conditions to rotate out firefighters, strengthen control lines, and increase containment

     The other fire was the Woodpecker Fire 1.5 miles SW of Lakota Lake near Keystone. It was also caused by lightning and was contained yesterday at 2:00 pm after burning 1-acre.

     Two lightning fires were contained Thursday on the Oglala National Grasslands in Nebraska, south of Ardmore. The Pasture 12 Fire burned 2.1-acres while the 959 Fire burned 2.5-acres.


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