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Horseshoe Fire holds steady at 2,000 acres, public meeting scheduled

Posted at 11:50 AM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 13:50:31-04

CLARKSTON, Mont. – The Horseshoe fire in Clarkston did not grow overnight, according to officials, but on its third day burning a public meeting will be held in town to give locals an update.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Clarkston Fire Hall. Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is leading the fire command with additional agencies assisting.

The fire remains at about 2,000 acres according to Fire Information Officer Crystal Beckman. She says crews are working on creating fire lines and monitoring hot spots lingering in vegetation like juniper.

“With the juniper, it does have that potential to burn hot and then spot, so that’s why the firefighters are working hard to watch those hot spots and get in there and break them up and cool them off when they can,” said Beckman.

A media release from Gallatin County Emergency Management says that firefighters will be working on Wednesday in conjunction with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office to determine the number of structures affected, and more details will be released soon.

Horseshoe Fire resources include 1 hand crew (20 people), 14 engines, 4 helicopters, 4 smoke jumpers, 3 dozers, and 1 water tender. The fire began Monday afternoon, Sept. 10, and is burning 20 miles north of Logan in Gallatin County.

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