Lodgepole Complex Fire Now Largest Burning Wildfire in U.S.
The Lodgepole Complex Fire is the largest wildfire currently burning in the United States.
As of Wednesday morning, the fire had reached 270,000 acres and was 34% contained.
Officials say that firefighters made progress on Tuesday and helped to increase the containment level. They worked along the southeast and northern portions of the fire to secure the fire line.
Firefighters are planning to patrol and mop up containment lines Wednesday. They will also work to secure any active fire lines.
According to the Montana Bureau of Land Management, the fire has destroyed 16 homes, while over 600 firefighters have managed to contain it by 20%.
The evacuation order for local property owners, north of Highway 200 in western Garfield County, was lifted Tuesday afternoon.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.