The mixture of hot, dry weather, drought and late afternoon thunderstorms this past Monday created several new fires in Eastern Montana, and made existing large fires to increase in size. The Witten and Lee Creek fires located south of Ashland and Lame Deer were combined into the Tongue River Complex. It was estimated at over 26,000 acres as of Tuesday morning. The Blue Ridge Complex is comprised of the 5011, Curry, Germaine, Russell and Westholder fires. The fires combined cover over 900 acres as of Tuesday Morning. There are several other large fires burning in eastern Montana that are not part of either complex.
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