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Wildfire threatens Montana ski area, forcing evacuation

RED LODGE, Mont. (AP) — An untimely wildfire driven by clever winds stirred a short-term depletion of a ski board in southern Montana.

The glow a few miles west of a village of Red Lodge had grown to 700 acres by Saturday night, though evacuations had been lifted, U.S. Forest Service orator Jeff Gildehaus said.

The glow began on open private land, though it was driven by winds gusting 35 to 50 mph into a Custer National Forest, where a Red Lodge Mountain Resort ski area is located.

“There’s sleet between a ski area and a glow and a timber. But it’s also a plain run of joist from where a glow is to a ski area,” Gildehaus said. “So it gets adult in a trees and starts using a crowns of a trees and it starts advancing toward a ski area.”

He pronounced that a preference to leave a ski area was done about 2:30 p.m. Saturday as a precautionary pierce and since there was only one highway for firefighters and skiers to use.

But hours after with a evacuations ended, Gildehaus pronounced people were giveaway to lapse to a ski area.

He pronounced a winds had eased rather and were approaching to continue that march by a night.

He wasn’t certain how many people had been evacuated, though he estimated about 500.

No one answered a write during a ski area Saturday afternoon. The review posted on a Facebook page that guest were protected and being escorted down a towering by law enforcement.

The glow burnt around farming homes, though no structures were damaged, Gildehaus said.

With still no containment by Saturday night, a glow had grown in distance to 700 acres from 200 acres reported progressing in a day.

Dozens of firefighters were battling a blaze.

Wildfires in a area during this time of year are unusual, he said.

“But down in a low elevation, there isn’t any sleet and things are flattering dry,” Gildehaus said. “We haven’t unequivocally had any green-up nonetheless where grasses spin green. We got all a dry weed from final year, and things are flattering dry.”

Other wildfires were reported elsewhere Saturday in Montana and northern Wyoming.


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