Yellowstone Fire forces Evacuations
A fast-moving wildfire near West Yellowstone, Mont., forced evacuations Wednesday night (June 27) at some summer homes, a campground, a resort and some state game warden buildings, according to The Associated Press.
Marna Daley, a spokeswoman for the Gallatin National Forest, said the Madison Arm Fire was detected at about 1 p.m. Wednesday and had grown to 877 acres by 8 p. m.
The fire was burning near the Madison Arm of Hebgen Lake, about two miles south of the Madison Arm Resort.
Evacuations were ordered at the Baker’s Hole Campground, Baker’'s Hole Summer Homes, the Madison Arm Resort, Lake Shore Summer Homes and a state game warden compound. She didn't immediately know how many homes were affected.
The West Yellowstone Airport and an area smokejumper base were placed on “pre-evacuation” alert.
A portion of U.S. 191 near the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park also was shut down because of the blaze. The highway was closed between West Yellowstone and the U.S. 287 junction.