Evacuation for Montana Ski Lodge Lifted, But Wind-driven Wildfire Continues

The Wildland fire burns along Nichols Creek on March 28, 2015, near Red Lodge, Mont. Authorities temporarily evacuated a ski lodge in southern Montana because of a wind-driven wildfire heading toward it. (PHOTO CREDIT: U.S. Forest Service via AP)
The Wildland fire burns along Nichols Creek on March 28, 2015, near Red Lodge, Mont. Authorities temporarily evacuated a ski lodge in southern Montana because of a wind-driven wildfire heading toward it. (PHOTO CREDIT: U.S. Forest Service via AP)

Montana officials temporarily evacuated a ski lodge on Saturday after a wind-fueled wildfire crept toward the resort.

The blaze, just west of the community of Red Lodge, had grown to 700 acres by Saturday night as winds reached 35 to 50 mph, according to the Associated Press.

“There’s snow between the ski area and the fire and the timber. But it’s also a solid run of timber from where the fire is to the ski area,” U.S. Forest Service spokesman Jeff Gildehaus told the AP. “So it gets up in the trees and starts running the crowns of the trees and it starts advancing toward the ski area.”

Gildehaus said the decision to evacuate the ski area — the evacuation began around 2:30 p.m. Saturday — was a precautionary move because skiers and firefighters were forced to share a single road in and out of the area, according to the AP.

He estimated about 500 people had fled the resort, but some may have returned hours later when the evacuation was lifted, according to the AP.

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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Peter Holley

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