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Update, 1:02 p.m. -- The Millie fire burning south of Bozeman in the Storm Castle area is now estimated at 700 acres, fire officials said this afternoon.


Original Report: A public meeting will be held tonight in Gallatin Gateway to discuss the growing 500-acre Millie fire burning south of Bozeman.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the Gallatin Gateway Community Center.

The fire remained at about 500 acres this morning and is expected to grow because of dry and windy conditions, according to the Gallatin National Forest. The blaze is burning 20 miles southwest of Bozeman in the Storm Castle Creek drainage three miles east of Rat Lake.

About 60 people and several fire engines, smokejumpers and a helicopter are fighting the fire today.

All trails and roads leading into the fire between Storm Castle Creek Road, south to Swan Creek Road and east to the Gallatin Ridge are closed.

All trails and roads above the Spire Rock campground are closed. The campground and Garnet Mountain trail remain open.

No evacuations have been ordered.

The Millie Fire started at about 1:05 p.m. Tuesday. It is burning in heavy dead and down fuels, mixed conifer and sub-alpine fir.

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