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McClusky Fire near Whitehall grows to 70 acres, more resources assigned

Fire first reported on Aug. 16
Posted at 4:54 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 18:55:54-04

The McClusky Fire, burning three miles northeast of Delmoe Lake and 13 miles northwest of Whitehall, has grown to 70 acres with zero containment, according to a Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Service press release.

Additional resources arriving Tuesday include two Type 1 hotshot crews and one Type 2 hand crew, the release said, bringing the total number of personnel to 87. One Type 2 helicopter is also assigned to the fire.

The McClusky Fire was reported on Aug. 16 and is burning through lodgepole pine in steep, inaccessible terrain with a high amount of standing dead timber and logs on the ground.

The Forest Service said visitors may see smoke from locations on or adjacent to National Forest System lands due to weather and fire activity.

Although Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest does not currently have fire restrictions in place, the Forest Service reminds visitors to extinguish campfires completely and keep all motorized vehicles on roads and trails.