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Firefighters work on Ariana Creek wildfire
In the Wolf Creek drainage of the Fisher River
by Duane Williams, KLCB-KTNY Radio
August 29, 2011

140 firefighters, four engines, three water tenders, two choppers, and a dozer are fighting a fire in the Ariana Creek drainage, a tributary to Wolf Creek on the Fisher River, 2 miles north on Wolf Creek drainage, 10 miles west on Fisher River road from Highway 37. The fire is currently 210 acres primarily on Plum Creek and some State of Montana lands. The only threats currently are to timber resources and the Burlington Northern rail line. The fire is in a grass and timber fuel mix.

The fire transferred command from a local Type III team to Bob Fry’s Northern Rockies Type II team. Incident Camp is set up adjacent to River Bend Restaurant.

The Forest Service says the rain last night has improved the conditions and hope is to gain containment at about the current 210 acres, however it is not contained at this time.

So far the fire has cost $250,000

The fire is human caused and is currently under investigation.

Fire danger is presently rated VERY HIGH on the Kootenai National Forest.

Story by Duane Williams, KLCB-KTNY Radio, www.todaysbestcountryonline.com e-mail: klcb@frontiernet.net.