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Montana fire 30 percent contained

MISSOULA – Crews fighting a wildfire 35 miles east of here made substantial progress over the weekend; mop-up work began and more is planned, a fire official said Sunday.

“Things are looking good out there on the fire,” said Linda McFaddan, information officer for the Packer Gulch fire, which was reported last Tuesday and has burned an area of about 2,900 acres, or 4.5 square miles.

The U.S. Forest Service confirmed Saturday that the fire earlier burned a house and two other buildings.

As of Sunday, 466 firefighters plus managers and support workers were assigned to the blaze. Work to control the fire included four helicopters.

“If nature cooperates, we feel like were getting a handle on it,” McFaddan said. She said about 30 percent of the fire’s area had been contained, meaning crews had dug substantial lines.


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