Big Sky, MT – After gaining much ground yesterday on the Porcupine Wildfire, firefighting crews will continue to mop up and put out any hot spots today on the 680-acre wildfire. Fire activity yesterday was minimal and the cold front moving in this evening is expected to help crews gain even more ground. The fire is currently at 50% containment with full containment estimated by tomorrow. Pre-evacuation notices are still in effect for the time being. Resources on the fire today include 2 engines and air resources are available if needed. The cause of the Porcupine Wildfire is still undetermined.
The fire is located about one mile south of Highway 191 and Highway 64 junction near Big Sky by the Porcupine Trailhead. It was initially reported around 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5 and is located on the east side of the Gallatin River burning in meadows and timber on both State and Forest Service land. No structures were damaged or lost.
It was originally suspected that the Porcupine Wildfire was started from a spot fire or embers from the Porcupine Prescribed Burn that was occurring in the same area. Crews working on the prescribed burn immediately responded to the wildfire to begin suppression efforts and additional resources were ordered. Given the distance between the prescribed burn and the wildfire, a fire investigation is underway to determine the cause.
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