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Crews continue suppression efforts of Old Baldy Fire
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Crews continue suppression efforts of Old Baldy Fire

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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest officials closed roads in Madison County Tuesday as fire crews continued to attack a lightning-caused fire six miles northeast of Sheridan. 

The Old Baldy Fire started late Saturday in high terrain of the Tobacco Root Mountains and forest service crews from the Madison Ranger District responded to the blaze. The fire has burned 129 acres of subalpine fir and dead white bark pine, with no containment reached as of mid-Tuesday.

A press release from the forest service said the fire had minimal growth overnight due to slightly lower temperatures and increased relative humidity. The fire grew slightly Tuesday due to more accurate mapping.  

Fire officials said dead trees made it difficult for hotshot crews to engage with the fire as they worked to build a contingency line along the western edge Monday.

The district said crews were expecting similar fire activity Tuesday and more firefighting resources to get to the location. Firefighters continue to address spot fires and will try to hold the eastern section of the fire with the help of multiple helicopters.

The following roads are closed in the area, according to a press release:

  • From the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Forest boundary and Forest Service Road 111 to Branham Lakes Campground

  • Heading north to West Branham Peak, from West Branham Peak Northwest to Long Mountain

  • Heading north to Lonesome Peak, from Lonesome Peak Northwest to Granite Peak

  • Along the Madison District boundary to Lakeshore Mountain

  • North into the Butte Ranger District to Forest Service Road 1007 to the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Forest boundary

  • Following the Beaverhead-Deerlodge boundary south and east to the Forest Service Road 111 intersection 

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Kristine de Leon is a reporter for the Montana Standard, her focus in on natural resource stories.

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