Air Tankers Fly Low Over Montana's Flathead Lake as Elmo Fire Rages

The Elmo Fire burning in northwestern Montana grew to nearly 13,000 acres amid critical fire weather, including high temperatures and gusty winds, on Monday, August 1, authorities said.

Footage by Chad Hamiton shows firefighting planes flying low over Flathead Lake near the blaze in Lake County.

Mandatory evacuations and road closures were in place on Monday, as the fire remained at zero percent containment, authorities said. Credit: Chad Hamiton via Storyful

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