(CNN)A firefighter who was reported missing near Montana’s border with Idaho has been found safe, authorities said.
The firefighter was working the Granite Pass Complex Fire when he went missing on Sunday, a news release from the official information site for the fire said.He was later located and is uninjured, officials said.”The individual has been found, uninjured and safe. Thank you to all those who assisted and to our dedicated Search and Rescue Volunteers. We are thankful for the positive outcome!!” the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office said in a message on its Facebook page.The Granite Pass Complex Fire is among several burning in the US, mostly in the West. At least 86 active large wildfires have charred nearly 1.5 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. This year, 36,467 fires have burned a total of 2,770,454 acres across the United States, the NIFC said.Read MoreAn ongoing drought coupled with high temperatures continues to fuel flames in much of the West, threatening homes, prompting evacuations and destroying structures.But some relief could be on the way. About 3 million people are under excessive heat warnings in parts of Montana, Oregon, and Idaho, but most warnings will end by Tuesday. Monsoon rains in the region are helping bring the heat back down to the seasonal average for much of the West and there are chances for rainfall in the forecast for some drought-stricken areas. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFlames consume a home as the Dixie Fire tears through the Indian Falls community of Plumas County, California, on Saturday, July 24.Hide Caption 1 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighters try to reach a fire site in Quincy, California, on Sunday, July 25.Hide Caption 2 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestVolunteers sort clothing at a donation shelter for those affected by the Bootleg Fire in Bly, Oregon, on July 24.Hide Caption 3 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestScott Griffin surveys his property, which was destroyed by the Bootleg Fire in Sycan Estates, Oregon.Hide Caption 4 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestPeople stand behind the fire line as flames from the Steptoe Canyon Fire spread through dry grass in Colton, Washington, on Thursday, July 22.Hide Caption 5 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestPlumes of smoke from the Dixie Fire rise above California’s Plumas National Forest, near the Pacific Gas and Electric Rock Creek Power House, on Wednesday, July 21.Hide Caption 6 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighters walk near a wildfire in Topanga, California, on Monday, July 19.Hide Caption 7 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestA firefighter does mop-up work in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, which has been struggling with the Bootleg Fire in Oregon.Hide Caption 8 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestA car is charred by the Bootleg Fire along a mountain road near Bly, Oregon.Hide Caption 9 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestNicolas Bey, 11, hugs his father, Sayyid, near a donated trailer they are using after their home was burned in the Bootleg Fire near Beatty, Oregon.Hide Caption 10 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighters extinguish hot spots in an area affected by the Bootleg Fire near Bly, Oregon.Hide Caption 11 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestA bear cub clings to a tree after being spotted by a safety officer at the Bootleg Fire in Oregon.Hide Caption 12 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighters work to protect Markleeville, California, from the Tamarack Fire on July 17. The Tamarack Fire was started by a lightning strike. Hide Caption 13 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestThe Tamarack Fire burns in Markleeville, near the California-Nevada border, on July 17.Hide Caption 14 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestA member of the Northwest Incident Management Team 12 holds a map of the Chuweah Creek Fire as wildfires devastated Nespelem, Washington, on July 16.Hide Caption 15 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestA cloud from the Bootleg Fire drifts into the air near Bly, Oregon, on July 16.Hide Caption 16 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighters spray water from the Union Pacific Railroad’s fire train while battling the Dixie Fire in California’s Plumas National Forest on July 16.Hide Caption 17 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestHorses climb a hillside that was burned by the Chuweah Creek Fire in eastern Washington.Hide Caption 18 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFire from the Bootleg Fire illuminates smoke near Bly, Oregon, on the night of July 16.Hide Caption 19 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestA firefighter battles the Bootleg Fire in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, along the Oregon and California border, on July 15.Hide Caption 20 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestA firefighting aircraft drops flame retardant on the Bootleg Fire in Bly, Oregon, on July 15.Hide Caption 21 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighters dig away at hot spots underneath stumps and brush after flames from the Snake River Complex Fire swept through the area south of Lewiston, Idaho, on July 15.Hide Caption 22 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestBurned cars sit outside a home that was destroyed by the Chuweah Creek Fire in Nespelem, Washington.Hide Caption 23 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestEvacuee Dee McCarley hugs her cat Bunny at a Red Cross center in Klamath Falls, Oregon, on July 14.Hide Caption 24 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestAn airplane drops fire retardant on the Chuweah Creek Fire in Washington on July 14.Hide Caption 25 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestOperations Section Chief Bert Thayer examines a map of the Bootleg Fire in Chiloquin, Oregon, on July 13.Hide Caption 26 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFire consumes a home as the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, tears through Doyle, California, on July 10. It’s the second time in less than a year that the small town has been ravaged by a wildfire.Hide Caption 27 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestMen hug a member of the Red Cross at a Bootleg Fire evacuation center in Klamath Falls, Oregon.Hide Caption 28 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestEmbers blow across a field as the Sugar Fire burns in Doyle, California, on July 9.Hide Caption 29 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighters monitor the Sugar Fire in Doyle, California, on July 9.Hide Caption 30 of 31 Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestIn this long-exposure photograph, taken early on July 2, flames surround a drought-stricken Shasta Lake during the Salt Fire in Lakehead, California.Hide Caption 31 of 31More than 22,000 deployed to battle firesMore than 22,000 firefighters and other personnel have been deployed to battle the flames throughout the US, NIFC said.The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation warning from Martin Creek on Highway 12 to the Idaho border as wildfires continue to burn in the area. Fire whirls, 'pyro' clouds, and hazy skies: Extreme fire behavior is a preview of what's to come“Residents and visitors in the area should stay vigilant of the current situation and be ready to immediately leave the area if an evacuation ORDER is issued. If you are traveling along Highway 12 please do not stop,” the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office said last week.The dangerous fire conditions have already injured five federal firefighters who were working in Montana last week.The firefighters were injured in the Devils Creek Fire when “a sudden wind shift blew the wildfire back over their position as they were constructing a defensive fire line on the perimeter,” a news release issued by the Bureau of Land Management said Friday.”Numerous wind shifts and rapid rates of spread resulted in erratic fire behavior as thunderstorms and associated cells were passing over the area when the incident occurred,” the release said.The bureau said the firefighters were evacuated and medically evaluated to “determine the extent of their injuries” following the incident on July 22 in Garfield County. An update on their conditions was not available.Three more wildfires — the Trail Creek Fire, the Alder Fire and the Christensen Fire — are burning in Montana near the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, according the Forest Service Facebook page. Beaverhead-Deerlodge is the largest of the national forests in Montana, covering 3.35 million acres within eight southwest Montana counties.A hotshot crew has been deployed to the Trail Creek Fire to help prevent the fire from growing towards the east. The fire has grown to 27,797 acres since starting on July 8, the Inciweb incident map shows.Fire activity picked up at the Alder Fire on Saturday because of high winds and low humidity, growing to 7,281 acres with 10% containment, according to Inciweb.The Christensen Fire saw at least two miles of growth to the east but was buffered to the south by a fire scar, the page said. According to Inciweb, the blaze is 1,274 acres.Severe fire conditions fueling Bootleg FireAs of Monday morning, 541,336 acres have burned in Oregon due to seven large wildfires, with the Bootleg Fire — the state’s current largest wildfire — accounting for 408,248 acres charred since it sparked July 6. The flames are 46% contained, according to Inciweb.Scott Griffin surveys his property which was destroyed by the Bootleg Fire, in Sycan Estates, Oregon, U.S on July 24.”Severe fire weather conditions and extremely dry fuels continue to challenge us on this fire,” said Joe Hessel, incident commander for the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team on Sunday. He noted the progress that has been made “is due to the continuous, vigilant work by our crews.”Oregon Gov. Kate Brown told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday she is worried high temperatures will continue to contribute to the spread of the Bootleg Fire.They dodged flames pushed by 30 mph winds. Crews fighting the huge Bootleg Fire still are trying to tame it“It’s incredibly important with climate change, that we get into these forests and start doing the fitting and harvest and prescriptive burning, so that we can create healthier landscapes that are more resilient, for wildfire,” Brown said.She signed legislation last week that would arm the state with tools and resources to make communities “more adaptive” to wildfires. The legislation includes resources for adequate firefighting tools and prescriptive and mitigation efforts. Dixie Fire exhibiting extreme fire behaviorIn Northern California, there are more than 5,000 firefighting personnel battling the Dixie Fire, which has burned 192,849 acres and is 21% contained, according to Inciweb. The fire has destroyed 16 structures and is threatening 10,000 more as it continues to spread, Cal Fire’s incident page showed.In an update Sunday, the Inciweb page noted the fire “experienced significant growth and very challenging fire conditions.”California's largest wildfire is threatening thousands of structures“Extreme fire behavior is expected again today. Atmospheric conditions are less stable and therefore large pyrocumulus clouds are expected to develop over the fire increasing the potential for spot fires and rapid fire growth,” the update said.Another fire nearby, the Fly Fire, has burned an additional 4,300 acres and is 5% contained, according to Incwieb.More than 5,000 fire personnel are working on the two fires, the website said.The fires have threatened several communities and burned areas that will be reviewed by damage assessment teams once the conditions become safer, according to Inciweb.
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