Posted: May 15, 2013 11:21 AM by KXLF Media Center
PHILIPSBURG - Progress is being made at the Rumsey Gulch Fire burning southeast of Philipsburg.
The fire did not grow overnight, according to a news release from the Dillon Interagency Dispatch Center. It is currently estimated at 349 acres with 20% containment.
Five homes and three outbuildings have been lost in the blaze.
On Tuesday, firefighters worked to establish a fireline around the perimeter of the fire and provide structure protection in the Rumsey and Summer Gulch areas just north of the Discovery Basin Ski Area, the release states. Today, they will focus on finishing up the fireline around the perimeter, mop up hotspots and look for spots outside the fire.
Rumsey Gulch Road is open to local traffic only. Residents have been allowed to return to their homes, but officials say they should use caution when driving and watch for fire traffic and unsafe trees in the area.
Twelve engines, four hand crews, three dozers, one excavator and three helicopters are currently assigned to the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.