Posted: Aug 29, 2012 9:00 AM by Beth Saboe & Jamie Leary reporting
Updated: Aug 29, 2012 1:12 PM
UPDATE: 1 p.m. 10/29/12 - New photos from Pipestone Exit and city of Butte
A fire burning southeast of Butte has forced many residents from their homes and more than doubled in size overnight.
The 19 Mile fire is now 3,000 acres and is moving north towards Interstate 90. Leona Rodreick with the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Service say the blaze is currently burning one mile south of I-90.
Firefighters are working on structure protection in the Whiskey Gulch area.
News Director John Sherer reports from the scene that the wind is blowing and members of a Type II Incident Management team have started to arrive.
According to fire bosses, crews worked hard through the night on the eastern and western side of this fire. Additional firefighting resources have been ordered and are arriving Wednesday morning to assist. Crews will be dealing with poor weather conditions today as red flag warnings for high winds and low humidities have been predicted.
The 19 Mile Fire was first reported around 3:50 p.m. Tuesday. It's burning in the Radar Creek and Toll Mountain area north of Highway 2.
Structures are threatened and Jefferson County Sherriff has conducted evacuations in the Upper Rader Creek and Toll Mountain area. Residents are asked to check in at the Whitehall Ambulance Barn and if they need other assistance to go to the Catholic Church in Whitehall.