Fires bring smoke to Big Sky - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Fires bring smoke to Big Sky

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Eastern Montanans have lucked out this fire season, but fires burning to the west means hazy conditions in Big Sky Country.

The Hardluck Fire burning 50 miles southwest of Cody scorched to nearly 21,000 acres so far. Fire watchers report the blaze grew about 1,000 acres on Sunday. Thirty-five responders are now working the fire. At last count, the Hardluck Fire is zero-percent contained.

Five fires are burning in and around Yellowstone National Park. The Alum Fire west of Mud Volcano grew almost 4,000 acres. Additional firefighters arrived Sunday to attack the blaze. The Alder Fire burning near the south end of Yellowstone grew to 2,000 acres. The Druid and Snake Fires are 60 to 200 acres. The Passage Fire discovered near the south end of the Yellowstone Lake is half an acre in size. Officials report all park fires have been lightning cause.

The Miner Paradise Complex Fires have four blazes burning north of Gardiner in Paradise Valley. The fires together are nearly 1,000 acres in size. Information officers report the growth potential is high, and all fires are zero-to-five percent contained.