Posted: Jul 29, 2013 12:18 PM by MTN News
Updated: Jul 29, 2013 1:39 PM
PHILIPSBURG - Sunday's warm temperatures and gusty winds have pushed the Moose Meadow fire to nearly 2,200 acres, with evacuation orders still in place for residences in the Moose Lake and Kaiser Lake areas.
The Granite County Sheriff's Office ordered the evacuations for the area south of the junction of US Forest Service Road 5130 and the Middle Fork Road on Sunday.
Aircraft are continuing to help ground crews by performing water and retardant drops while structure protection has been put in place for the affected communities.
Fire officials report that nearly 420 people are assigned to the blaze, including six helicopters and seven engines.
Fire managers caution that the dry conditions mean that spotting, torching and columns of smoke will be seen as the temperatures and winds increase on Monday.
Crews ares till working on building firelines along the northwest and southwest sides of the Moose Meadow fire.
An evacuation shelter has been set up at Phillipsburg High School, and residents looking for more information can call (406) 360.1626.
The lightning sparked blaze was first spotted on Thursday afternoon and is burning 18 miles southwest of Philipsburg.