prescribed burn lee metcalf wildlife refuge

Photo: Mark Townsend

STEVENSVILLE - Several agencies are working to contain a wildfire in the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, just north of Stevensville on Friday.

Mike Granger, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said that crews were performing a prescribed burn. He says that the winds picked up and reignited a fire at slash pile that was once thought to be out. They called in members of the U.S. Forest Service to help fight the fire.

At about 5:30 PM, fire had spread over 335 acres, according to Granger.

He added that the fire is now burning between two roads and a river in the area, as crews work to fully contain it.

He said that the fire is currently burning fuels inside that perimeter, but multiple agencies are on the scene to control it.

This is a developing story, and ABC FOX Montana will update you when more information becomes available.

Photo: Mark Townsend

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