THREE FORKS- The Horseshoe fire north of Three Forks has burned 2,000 acres in Gallatin County and consumed some homes, according to Gallatin County fire officials.
The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday a full assessment of the damage will come later.
Nearly every fire department in Gallatin County, plus the Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Forest Service crews responded to the fire call, which first went out about 4 p.m. Monday.
Smoke could be seen across the valley in the late afternoon, and flames lit the night as deputies raced to warn and evacuate homeowners in the rugged hills north of Three Forks and east of the Missouri River.
Sheriff’s deputies set up a command center north of Clarkston Monday night and blocked access to the fire scene. That command post remains in place Tuesday.
Deputies say the cause of the fire is under investigation.