GREAT FALLS – On Thursday, evacuation notices for residents affected by the Strawberry Creek Fire were lifted and Lake Frances reopened.
According to Pondera County officials, all roads are open except Swift Dam Road, which remains closed to everyone but residents and fire personnel.
Lake Frances in Valier was under temporary emergency closure so aircrafts could draw lake water to fight the fires on the Rocky Mountain Front. According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the lake was reopened because of wetter and cooler weather.
The lightning-sparked Fire was reported on Aug.25, as of Thursday it had burned 13,025 acres.
The fire extends from Strawberry Creek Trail to a half a mile from Swift Reservoir. The fire remains north of Sheep Creek.
No structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported at this time.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Tuesday that a Fire Management Assistance Grant had been approved for the Strawberry Fire, which makes federal funding available to pay 75 percent of the state’s eligible firefighting costs and helps with equipment and supplies.