Highway 212 in southeastern Montana was closed during the Ash Creek Fire, which has scorched both sides of the thoroughfare.

Ash Creek Complex Fire 100 Percent Contained, Cleanup Under Way


The fire on and around the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation near Lame Deer, Montana, is 100 percent contained, and cleanup is under way.

All five Montana wildfires have now been contained, the Billings Gazette reported. Besides Ash Creek, which burned 249,562 acres (390 square miles), were the Taylor Creek, Powerline, Horse Creek and Coal Seam fires. In all they burned 325,000 acres, the newspaper said.

The Ash Creek fire burned at least 16 homes and 22 other structures, the Great Falls Tribune reported. The fires had been raging since late June. Read more about Montana's wildfires.

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