15,000 Acre Delphia Fire Continues to Grow
Incident: Delphia Wildfire
Firefighters continue to battle the Delphia Fire which has grown to a little more than 15,000 acres as of mid-day today.
The fire, which roared to life under Friday's red flag windy conditions, continues to threaten homes in the Fishel Creek and Hawk Creek areas. Residents of Fishel Creek were evacuated last night; Hawk Creek remains on pre-evacuation notice. The American Red Cross has established a shelter in the old school at Musselshell.
"By 10:00am this morning, the fire began to pick up energy and it's been burning and spreading actively since then," said Derek Yeager, with the Montana DNRC.
Yeager reported that 10-15 structures were lost to the Delphia Fire but none were believed to be primary residences. Musselshell County officials are working to confirm the number and verify the types of structures lost.
Today, four air tankers and three helicopters are attacking the fire from the air in hopes of slowing the spread of the fire to the south and east. Engines from neighboring counties, the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and the DNRC are working the blaze, which is burning in grass, sage and timber 14 miles ENE of Roundup.
Tom Heintz's Incident Management Team is arriving today and will be briefed on the situation this afternoon.
The Delphia Fire is 0% contained. The public is advised to use caution when traveling near fire areas and watch for increased fire traffic on local roads and highways.