By Griffen Smith
of the Pathfinder 

Gianforte takes helicopter ride over Colt Fire


August 3, 2023

Griffen Smith, Pathfinder

Gov. Greg Gianforte prepares to lift off from the Seeley Lake Airport on Aug. 2. Gianforte took a helicopter ride over the Colt Fire to assess the situation.

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte visited firefighters and got a bird's eye view of the Colt Fire on Aug. 2.

Gianforte landed at the Seeley Lake Airport on Wednesday afternoon, and quickly changed into a jumpsuit to fly off towards the Colt Fire. The Colt Fire is roughly 6,800 acres with 19% containment. Gianforte said the Colt Fire was the number one priority in Montana.

While there was good news to report - evacuations for local residents have been lifted - fire managers and Gianforte said there is still work to be done. The blaze is still growing along the western flank of the fire, and it c...

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