Posted: Sep 1, 2012 8:06 PM by MTN News
Updated: Sep 1, 2012 10:52 PM
According to officials, some residents were allowed back to their homes on Saturday, but many areas still remain closed.
Areas that are still closed to all residents are those that live on Deep Creek Road, Deep Creek Bench Road, and Deep Creek Road South Fork. The area from Pool Creek down south to Barney Creek is closed to all residents, and also along Pine Creek Road.
Residents with proof of residency that do not live in those areas will be allowed to access their place only through the north road block at the junction of East River Road and Highway 89.
East River Road is closed from the north junction at highway 89 down to just south of Barney Creek. Pine Creek Road is also closed.
There are currently 195 personnel on the fire, which is currently estimated to be at 9,300 acres.
Strong winds from a thunder cell passed over the fire area and increased fire activity and spread. Evacuations are underway north of McDonald Creek and east to the perimeter.
Residents that live in the Livingston Peak area and residents that live along Swingley Road all the way to the Park and Sweet Grass County line are under a pre-evacuation notice. This means that those residents should make preparations to leave their homes if the need arises.
Planned actions for today include: Construct direct and indirect line and burn out as the opportunity exists. Crews will continue to construct and patrol to secure firelines. Structure protection will continue tomorrow around private property, crews will secure the Forest Service Pine Creek campground and adjacent private property.