UPDATED: 9:00 AM Tue 7/5
Despite some favorable conditions overnight, a large wildfire is still burning too close for comfort near the town of Zortman.
The July fire is now estimated at 1,669 acres. Initial estimates had the fire at about 1-thousand acres. Wind and terrain carried the fire away from town on Tuesday, but it still managed to creep to within a quarter-mile of Zortman, which is about an hour southwest of Malta and just outside of the Fort Belknap Reservation.