Firefighter goes missing battling wildfire in Montana as more than 86 wildfires burn across US

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By Joe Sutton, Robert Shackelford, and Hollie Silverman, CNN

Authorities are searching for a firefighter who went missing portion battling a wildfire successful Montana Sunday, officials said.

The firefighter was moving the Granite Pass Complex Fire adjacent Montana’s borderline with Idaho erstwhile helium disappeared, a news release from the authoritative accusation tract for the occurrence said.

The Granite Pass Complex Fire is among respective burning successful the US, mostly successful the west. At slightest 86 progressive large wildfires person charred astir 1.5 cardinal acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). This year, 36,467 fires person burned a full of 2,770,454 acres crossed the United States, NIFC said.

An ongoing drought coupled with precocious temperatures continues to substance flames successful overmuch of the west, threatening homes, prompting evacuations and destroying structures.

But immoderate alleviation could beryllium connected the way. About 3 cardinal radical are nether excessive vigor warnings successful parts of Montana, Oregon, and Idaho, but astir warnings volition extremity by Tuesday.

Monsoon rains successful the portion are helping bring the vigor backmost down to the seasonal mean for overmuch of the West and determination are chances for rainfall successful the forecast for immoderate drought-stricken areas.

Search for firefighter successful Montana

Officials are searching for the missing firefighter by crushed and aerial aft they were past seen adjacent Granite Hot Springs on Highway 12 Sunday, according to the release.

All different firefighters assigned to the incidental were accounted for aft the firefighter was reported missing to the California Interagency Incident Management Team 15 astir 7:30 p.m.

Search efforts are being supported by the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office and instrumentality enforcement unit with some the Lolo National Forest and the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.

More than 22,000 firefighters and different unit person been deployed to conflict the flames passim the US, NIFC said.

The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office issued an Evacuation Warning from Martin Creek connected Highway 12 to the Idaho borderline arsenic wildfires proceed to pain successful the area.

“Residents and visitors successful the country should enactment vigilant of the existent concern and beryllium acceptable to instantly permission the country if an evacuation ORDER is issued. If you are traveling on Highway 12 delight bash not stop,” the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office said past week.

Severe occurrence conditions fueling Bootleg Fire

As of Monday morning, 541,336 acres person burned successful Oregon owed to 7 ample wildfires, with the Bootleg Fire – the state’s existent largest wildfire – accounting for 408,248 acres charred since it sparked July 6.

The flames are 46% contained, according to Inciweb.

“Severe occurrence upwind conditions and highly adust fuels proceed to situation america connected this fire,” said Joe Hessel, incidental commandant for the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team Sunday. He noted the advancement that has been made “is owed to the continuous, vigilant enactment by our crews.”

Oregon Governor Kate Brown told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday she is disquieted precocious temperatures volition proceed to lend to the dispersed of the Bootleg Fire.

“It’s incredibly important with clime change, that we get into these forests and commencement doing the fitting and harvest and prescriptive burning, truthful that we tin make healthier landscapes that are much resilient, for wildfire,” Brown said.

She signed authorities past week that would limb the authorities with tools and resources to marque communities “more adaptive” to wildfires. The authorities includes resources for capable firefighting tools and prescriptive and mitigation efforts.

Dixie Fire exhibiting utmost occurrence behavior

In Northern California, determination are much than 5,000 firefighting unit battling the Dixie Fire, which has burned 192,849 acres and is 21% contained, according to Inciweb.

The occurrence has destroyed 16 structures and is threatening 10,000 much arsenic it continues to spread, Cal Fire’s incidental leafage showed.

In an update Sunday, the Inciweb leafage noted the occurrence “experienced important maturation and precise challenging occurrence conditions.”

“Extreme occurrence behaviour is expected again today. Atmospheric conditions are little unchangeable and truthful ample pyrocumulus clouds are expected to make implicit the occurrence expanding the imaginable for spot fires and accelerated occurrence growth,” the update said.

Another occurrence nearby, the Fly Fire, has burned an further 4,300 acres and is 5% contained, according to Incwieb.

More than 5,000 occurrence unit are moving connected the 2 fires, the website said.

The fires person threatened respective communities and burned areas that volition beryllium reviewed by harm appraisal teams erstwhile the conditions go safer, according to Inciweb.

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CNN’s Deanna Hackney, Jenn Selva, and Claudia Dominguez contributed to this report.

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