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Aug 25, 2012 11:24 PM by Q2 News

Power outages possibly caused by Delphia Fire; fire remains uncontained

BILLINGS- The Delphia Fire continues to consume large swaths of grass and timberland, fed by tinder-dry fuels and low humidity.

"The fire was active from early this morning throughout the day," said Incident Commander Derek Yeager.

With erratic winds and extreme fire behavior, firefighters had few opportunities to go on the offensive, instead working to protect homes threatened by the blaze. Residents along Fishel Creek Road remain evacuated, while residents along Hawk Creek are still under pre-evacuation notice. A shelter for evacuees is at the old school in the community of Musselshell.

There are reports of a wide spread power outage from Musselshel east to Melstone and south to the Custer area fire managers are assessing whether the fire burned power poles/lines or if the outage is unrelated.

Plans for tomorrow will be similar to today, including structure protection and direct suppression when the opportunity exists to do so safely.

The Incident Management Team (Tom Heintz, Incident Commander) will assume command of the Delphia Fire at 6:00am tomorrow.

Resources currently assigned to the fire include one 20-person crew, 3 helicopters, 64 engines, 5 dozers, 6 water tenders, and roughly 272 personnel. Heavy air tankers will also be available for the suppression effort tomorrow.

No injuries have been reported. The Delphia Fire is estimated at 15,000-18,000 acres and is 0% contained.

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