LIVINGSTON, Mont. -

Park County Sheriff's officials have issued mandatory evacuation notices to folks in the George Creek area.

According to fire officials, the East River Road roadblock has been moved a mile south. The road is now closed from Carter’s Bridge to George Creek.

The Pine Creek fire has grown to almost 19 square miles and burned at least five homes.

A shelter has been set up for evacuees at the Livingston Civic Center.

A public meeting is planned for 7:30 p.m. Friday, at the Livingston Christian Center -- 1400 Mount Baldy Drive.

According to fire officials, the East River Road roadblock has been moved a mile south. The road is now closed from Carter’s Bridge to George Creek.

Park County Sheriff's officials have issued mandatory evacuation notices to folks in the George Creek area.

Residents along East River Road from Pool Creek to Barney Creek, on Pine Creek Road, on Deep Creek Road, on Deep Creek Bench Road and on Deep Creek Road South Fork are still evacuated and are not allowed to return home.

Folks that live in the Livingston Peak area and along Swingley Road, to the Park and Sweet Grass County line, are being warned they may have to evacuate.

Smoke from the Pine Creek fire can be seen from Livingston, all the way to Gardiner. It's a tough reminder for families forced to flee.

The last few days have been an emotional time for people like Stacy Martin.

The fire spared her home but leveled other buildings just yards away.

"If there's anything I can do, I just feel bad because everybody around us is gone but we made it and that's a hard feeling to go through," says Martin.

She says, after she got word her home was in danger, she had half an hour to gather her things.

Folks from Pine Creek area gathered at a shelter set up in Livingston, Thursday.

Officials updated them on where the fire is burning but had little information on when they might be able to return home.

"Fire can be unpredictable.  We work with that as much as we can.  We try to throw as many resources as we can at it but the fire behavior that we saw yesterday, we just do not want to take any chances with people being at the wrong place at the wrong time," explains Public Information Officer Karen Tuscano.

Many of the folks we talked to didn't know whether their home and outbuildings were still standing but say safety was their number one priority.

"My daughter and my wife being safe, that's number one right now. I'm happy about that so material-wise, we can replace anything if it happens, but I just don't want to take any chances," says evacuee Dan Kelleher.

Last we heard, fire crews say they're still assessing the area and it's unclear as to just how many buildings have been destroyed or are threatened.

However, officials confirm the Pine Creek Café, school and church were not destroyed in the fire.

For the latest Pine Creek Fire Update click here.