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Date:  July 22, 2008
Contact:  Terina Mullen (406) 208-0934

Cactus Fire at 90 Percent Containment

The Cactus Fire area received about a quarter inch of precipitation today, helping to cool hot spots. Containment of the 518-acre fire is estimated at 90 percent, and fire officials expect 100 percent containment tomorrow. 

All remaining closures associated with the fire, including the Cactus Flats and Toll Mountain roads and the OHV connector route to Whiskey Gulch Trailhead have been lifted, effective Wednesday, July 23, at 6 a.m.

Resources assigned to the fire include one helicopter, three crews, one engine and 155 total personnel. Demobilization of excess resources has begun.

Rick Kusicko’s Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team is overseeing the fire suppression efforts. The Incident Command Post has been established at Whitehall High School. 

The cause of the fire, reported on July 19, is still under investigation. 

For more information, contact Ted Pettis at (406) 287-2873 or visit http://inciweb.org/incident/1432/.