Montana Firefighters Request Air Support to Battle Severe Wildfires
HELENA – August 15, 2018
The state of Montana has requested air support to battle the severe wildfires that have spread all over the state this summer. Local firefighters have been unable to contain the fires with “traditional” methods, local media reports.
Air tankers and a helicopter responded Tuesday afternoon to a wildfire that jumped a section of the fireline while state officials closed a wildlife management area due to a totally uncontained fire.
Trail 467 jumped a section of fireline and burned into a stand of dead timber Tuesday. Fire managers responded by ordering air tankers and a helicopter to assist with containment.
Growth was estimated at about 10 acres bringing the fire's total area to 30 acres, however sizing it is difficult in the timber, said Kathy Bushnell who works with the Forest Service. Firefighters believe they have a point where they can stop the fire from spreading farther using the air support.
On Tuesday morning, the Forest Service reduced its containment estimate from 60 to 30 percent. The agency said the change was due to a “communication clarification, not an operational correction.”