Smoke Cloud Towers Over Central Montana as South Moccasin Fire Explodes in Size

Flames and thick clouds of smoke shrouded Montana’s South Moccasin mountain range on Monday, October 4, as a fire broke out in Fergus County.

This footage taken on Monday shows flames leaping from the mountains and dense smoke billowing upward as cattle graze nearby.

Officials said the blaze, dubbed the South Moccasin Fire, was burning about seven miles northwest of Lewistown, and its cause had yet to be determined. By Tuesday, it had spread over 7,000 acres and was entirely uncontained. No structures were under threat and there were no plans for evacuations, fire officials said.

A ""Red Flag" warning":https://twitter.com/MTDNRCFIRE/status/1445054108847673344 was issued on Monday by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, which warned of “elevated fire danger in parts of the state.” Another was issued Tuesday, with the National Weather Service forecasting “record or near-record temperatures” for October 5. Credit: @couleecowboy via Storyful

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