The Meyers Fire southwest of Philipsburg surpassed the 60,000-acre mark over the weekend, but it expanded by less than 1,000 acres — much slower growth than earlier this month.
“Weather has been in our favor,” Kathy Moe, a U.S. Forest Service public information officer at the Meyers Fire, said Monday.
But the fire, sparked by lighting on July 14 in Granite County, now extends into Ravalli County and across the Continental Divide into Beaverhead and Anaconda-Deer Lodge counties.
It is about 20 miles east of Wise River, but a meeting to provide more details about the fire will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wise River Community Center. Wise River is 36 miles southwest of Butte, just across the Silver Bow county line.
Moe said some residents in that area are concerned, so they set a public meeting.
“They are southeast of the fire, but if the wind is coming from the northwest, it could be a problem, so we are trying to be proactive and keep them informed,” she said.
The remote location of the fire, which extends into national forest wilderness area, has limited accessibility for ground crews, and private property and structures in several areas are still at risk. The areas include Moose Lake, Frog Pond, Billie Springer Memorial Park, Bonanza, Senate Mountain, and Ross Fork.
But favorable weather allowed helicopters to drop water on areas of the fire over the weekend, Moe said.
Lower humidity but light winds were expected to maintain current fire behavior through Tuesday or Wednesday, but activity was expected to moderate with a cool, rainy weather system moving in Thursday and Friday.