Evacuations ordered on fire burning south of Philipsburg


POSTED: 8:32 PM May 13 2013   UPDATED: 3:27 PM May 17 2013
Rumsey Gulch Fire
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Officials have ordered evacuations on a fast-moving wildfire burning just south of Philipsburg.

According to Leona Rodreick with the Dillon Interagency Dispatch, the Rumsey Gulch fire has burned through 200 acres about 4 miles southeast of Philipsburg, and east of Highway 1. The blaze is quickly moving to the north and east.

We received word shortly before 10 p.m. that one structure has been lost in the blaze.

Roderick tells NBC Montana details are coming in very fast and the working to get information up on the inciweb.org fire information site as soon as possible. She tells us structures are threatened, but didn't have detailed information on which areas specifically being evacuated.

The sheriff has ordered an unknown number of families to get off their property and out of harm's way.

Granite County volunteer firefighters, the DNRC and Forest Service are working the blaze.

We're hearing from viewers that it is very windy in the area.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown. Officials stress that the region is dry and people should be extra cautious.

Keep checking back with NBC Montana and nbcmontana.com.  We will post more information as we learn it.