Posted: Jul 11, 2012 6:28 AM by Adam Bell - MTN News
Updated: Jul 11, 2012 9:49 AM
LIVINGSTON- Officials have confirmed that over a dozen homes have been evacuated due to a growing wildfire near Livingston.
Park County Rural Fire District Captain Drew Beattie says they over 50 people were fighting the blaze overnight Tuesday with more resources on the way for Wednesday. Lightning and power transmission lines suspected to be the cause of the blaze.
A neighbor, who didn't want to be named, says he saw homeowners hosing down property to save what they could with strong gusty winds fanning the flames. A lot of tall dry grass in the area, that when fire hits, it spreads quickly and easily. An orange glow, as the fire burned the mountain side. Thick smoke hangs in the air, as far away as 10 miles out-of-town.
Park County Sheriff Allan Lutes, who aided in the evacuations, says about 30 homes were evacuated. Multiple agencies, including Park County Sheriff, Livingston Police and Montana highway patrol were on hand to help in the evacuations.
More information will be available from officials Wednesday morning.