Wilson Fire has burned 600 acres northwest of Craig

Posted at 11:11 AM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 13:11:02-04

Officials say the large wildland fire that started near Highway 200 northwest of Craig on Tuesday is now under control, thanks to the efforts of several responding agencies.

The Wilson Fire started just before 2 p.m. and has burned a little more than 600 acres.

Wolf Creek Fire Service Area Fire Chief Rocky Infanger said that as of Wednesday morning, there was no forward spread to the fire.

Infanger says crews will be monitoring winds speeds throughout the day, patrolling for hot spots that could re-ignite the flames in the hot and dry conditions.

On Tuesday, three ranches were placed on alert for possible evacuation, but as of Wednesday morning, Infanger says no structures are in danger.

There have been no reported injuries.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Several crews responded to the fire, including Wolf Creek, Craig, and Lincoln fire departments,  along with help from the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation, the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office, and the Montana Highway Patrol. 

(TUESDAY, AUGUST 2) Crews are fighting a wildfire that erupted northwest of Craig on Tuesday morning.

As of about 3 p.m., the fire has burned an estimated 500 acres.

Witnesses tell MTN News that the fire is burning northwest of Craig, along the north/west side of Highway 200, just east of the Dearborn River and west of Highway 434.

We’re told that emergency personnel from several agencies have been dispatched to the fire, including the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation.

The Helena Interagency Dispatch Center says that "multiple" county resources are at the scene, along with one helicopter.

There have been no reports of any injuries.

There is no word yet on whether the fire is threatening and homes or buildings.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

We will update you when we get more information.