Montana

Jul 11, 2012 1:10 PM by Christina Lysacek - MTN News

Willow Creek Fire 90 percent contained, evacuees returning home

LIVINGSTON - The Willow Creek Fire northeast of Livingston is 90 percent contained.

Most of the residents who were evacuated are being allowed back inside their homes. Evacuees are returning to homes on Old Clyde Park Road and Willow Creek Road.

Flames are no longer showing at the blaze which erupted Tuesday night and burned an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 acres. A shelter at the civic center has closed.

Crews expect to have the fire fully contained by end of day today.

Crews observed this morning that the fire spread only minimally overnight and did not cross any fire lines.

The fire is believed to have been started by lightning and power lines, according to witnesses.
Due to ongoing operations, Old Clyde Park Road remains closed to traffic.

Today's weather is expected to produce flare-ups inside the fire lines, but they're hoping fire lines will hold.
On Tuesday night, more than 30 homes were evacuated and a shelter was opened at the civic center in downtown Livingston for evacuees.

Upon arrival on Tuesday night, crews observed that the fire was burning on both sides of Willow Creek Road and growing in every direction.

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