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Mountain View Fire

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Fire resources worked hard today and the fire is 100% contained.

Today’s work included: patrolling the fire perimeter, extinguishing interior heat and repairing fire line that heavy equipment created during initial attack. Two State Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) helicopters were on site to provide firefighters with water if needed.

Though many resources will be demobilizing Tuesday morning, including the County Assist Team, there will be DNRC and local resources in the area patrolling the fire. Moving forward, small puffs of smoke and or ash/dust tornados will be visible in the fire area. This is normal when weather is hot, dry and windy over a large burned area.

The fire has had no growth since 8/29/19 and is holding at ~2,800 acres. No structures have burned.

The Mountain View Fire was reported to dispatch Wednesday, August 28, 2019 and is in the Buffalo Trail area southeast of the town of Molt. The fire area is comprised of steep rocky terrain with homes along the southwest perimeter.

When crews responded 8/28/19, windy and dry conditions caused the fire to spread. Thursday, fire resources were successful in keeping the fire at bay. The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s (DNRC) County Assist Team (CAT) arrived 8/29/19 to assist and provide logistical support. Incident Commander David Hamilton and team will be on scene and managing the fire through the Labor Day.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday August 28th, 2019 approx. 12:00 PM
Location16 miles E of Billings. 7 Miles SE of Molt, MT
Incident CommanderDavid Hamilton, County Assist Team (DNRC)
Coordinates45.785 latitude, -108.785 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel187
Size2,800 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Short grass (1 foot), timber (grass and understory), agricultural lands


Planned Actions

Patrol fire perimeter, extinguish interior heat and repair fire line that heavy equipment created during initial attack.

Projected Incident Activity

Demobilize resources


The County Assist Team will return fire management back to Yellowstone County on 9/3/19

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Potential for gusty winds Monday afternoon.