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Fire in West Yellowstone Forcing Evacuations

Fire in West Yellowstone Forcing Evacuations


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Photos courtesy of Garrett OstlerWEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) - Officials say a fast-moving wildfire near West Yellowstone has forced evacuations at some summer homes, a campground, a resort and some state game warden buildings.

Marna Daley is a spokeswoman for the Gallatin National Forest. She says the Madison Arm Fire was detected at about 1 this afternoon and had grown to 877 acres by 8 pm.

The fire was burning near the Madison Arm of Hebgen Lake, about two miles south of the Madison Arm Resort.

Daley says evacuations have been ordered at the resort, Baker's Hole Campground, Baker's Hole Summer Homes, 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 on "pre-evacuation" alert.

US Highway 191 also was temporarily shut down from West Yellowstone to the US Highway 287 junction. But a West Yellowstone Police Department spokeswoman says the road had reopened by 8:30 pm.

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