Jul 18, 2012 10:40 PM by Erin Schattauer - MTN News
UPDATE: Reports from the fire burning south of Livingston near Highway 89 indicate crews are getting a handle on the blaze.
A Park County Sheriff's deputy was overheard telling residents they could return to their homes. Bulldozers could be seen working in the area, and a helicopter that was dropping retardant on the blaze was grounded.
Montana's News Station is still at the scene and we will bring you more information as we receive it.
UPDATE: Conditions are "extremely windy" at the fire burning on the west side of Highway 89 south near mile post 36 in Paradise Valley, according to reporter Adam Bell who is now at the fire.
Bell described it as a "substantial fire" and said there is a helicopter battling the blaze. Multiple personnel are on scene. They are trying to keep the roads clear in case the fire makes a run.
Bell estimates winds are reaching 15 to 30 miles per hour.
Homes west of Inverness, including Inverness Road, Loc Lomond and Blackhawk, are under mandatory evacuation, according to Park County. The fire is moving towards Old Yellowstone Trail and several houses are being warned of the possible danger. Three fire districts have responded.
FIRST REPORT: Evacuation orders have been given after fire broke out near Livingston this afternoon.
An emergency call came in at around 1 p.m. that a fire had started on the west side of Highway 89 south near mile post 36 across from the Yellowstone Edge RV Park, according to Park County officials.
The fire is wind-driven across grassland, traveling about 3 1/2 to 4 miles, officials said. The cause is unknown at this time.
Fire vehicles are on scene.
A mandatory evacuation is in place west of Inverness Road. At this time, other residences in the area have been given fire evacuation warnings. Officials could not comment on the number of people evacuated.
We will bring you more information as we receive it.