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Goldstone, Beaver Creek fires still burning, slowed by rain

Posted at 4:43 PM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 20:46:28-04

The Goldstone and Beaver Creek fires continue to burn sections of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Salmon-Challis National forests.

The Goldstone Fire, located about 18 miles south of Jackson, Montana, has burned 9,024 acres and is at seven percent containment as of August 22. Crews are operating to contain the fire on both Goldstone Pass Road and on forest service roads on the south end of the blaze.

The Beaver Creek Fire, located 18 miles northwest of Wisdom has burned 2,067 acres and is eight percent contained. Management has started to de-staff the fire.

Recent rains have slowed the fires, but Operations Section Chief Buck Wickham with the Southwest Area Incident Management Team says that the first snow could be what ultimately puts the fires out.

“It’s not just the rain like we had in the last couple of days isn’t going to stop either one of these fires. It’ll make them hold down a little bit but it’s not going to put them out. I think to really put this fire out is going to mean a snowfall” Wickham said.

No evacuations have been ordered for either fire.

Reporting by Carson Vickroy for MTN News