By Griffen Smith
of the Pathfinder 

Colt Fire containment reaches 19%, evacuation order lifted


August 3, 2023

Fire crews on Colt Fire have continued beating out flames to add containment lines and stop the spread of the to the east.

The fire was mapped at 6,680 acres the evening of Aug. 1, and only increased 156 acres from the day prior. The fire is now 19% contained — all along Colt Creek Road.

The high level of containment has triggered Missoula County Sheriff’s Office to cancel the evacuation order from mile markers 27 to 31 on Highway 83. There is still an evacuation warning for the area, and other evacuation warnings have not changed.

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