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Date:  July 21, 2008
Contact:  Terina Mullen (406) 208-0934


Firefighters, assisted by helicopters, worked to complete a handline around the Cactus Fire. No perimeter growth was reported; however, interior pockets of fuel continued to burn throughout the day. Containment of the 650-acre fire is estimated at 65%. 

Resources assigned to the fire include 2 helicopters, 3 crews, 4 engines, 2 water tenders and 165 total personnel.

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. For information regarding the Cactus Fire, visit http://inciweb.org/incident/1432/.

The closure on the Hot Springs Road from State Highway #2 to Pipestone has been lifted. The Cactus Flats and Toll Mountain roads and the OHV route that connects to the Whiskey Gulch Trailhead remain closed for public safety. 

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

Crews are also progressing with containment of two smaller fires on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. The McKelvey Lake fire west of Ennis has burned three acres; the Marsh Mine fire near Delmoe Lake has burned 30 acres. Firefighters on both fires worked to strengthen and secure containment lines, mopping up hot spots. 

For more information, contact Terina Mullen at (406) 208-0934 or Dillon Dispatch at (406) 683-3975.