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Bridge Coulee fire north of Mosby grows past 32000 acres

Bridge Coulee fire north of Mosby grows past 32000 acres

On Saturday, the blaze, code-named Lodgepole Complex, also forced the authority to close a large part of Highway 200, which is a main road linking Montana and the state of North Dakota.

The Lodgepole Complex consists of four fires burning in eastern Montana, which have collectively scorched an estimated 69,808 acres as of Friday evening.

The Bridge Coulee Fire was discovered Wednesday afternoon and is 50,000 acres after crossing the Musselshell River.

The Barker Fire, 20 miles north of Sand Springs, estimated at 12,000 acres as of Friday afternoon.

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Murray said his his "health is really good" and the "progress is coming along". Running back Latavius Murray is one of the veterans who is at camp early.

There are now 300 volunteers on the fire including landowners in the area and in the county.

Montana Highway 200 between Jordan and Winnett is subject to intermittent, temporary closures due to fire activity. That fire is located 27 miles northeast of Mosby.

A forecast of continued hot, dry weather and southerly winds could result in another day of extreme fire behavior on Sunday.

153 personnel came in Friday night from Type 2 Incident teams to assist with containment, and that number will be increasing.