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Inner Belt Loop closed as multiple crews tackle wildland fire in Billings Heights

Posted at 4:48 PM, Jun 29, 2024

BILLINGS — Skyway Drive to Alkali Creek Road in the Billings Heights is closed after a large wildland fire, dubbed the "Bo Fire" broke out in the area Saturday afternoon.

The fire is burning north of Alkali Creek Road, also shutting down the road from Skyway to War Field Park. No homes or buildings have been burned.

According to the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office, no evacuations are in place at the moment, but in a press release on social media, they say that this is a "rapidly changing incident" and to avoid the area.

Multiple crews, equipment, and helicopters are working in the area to fight the fire.

According to MT Fire Info, the fire has burned at least 45 acres so far.

The fire is estimated to be between 400 to 500 acres with resources from across the county on scene to assist. Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office said conditions have improved as winds have died down. Captain Kent O'Donnell with the YCSO said Skyway Drive is now open but Alkali Creek Road is still closed. Two helicopters are still working to contain the fire.