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Rock Creek Fire Adds Personnel

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Additional resources are being brought in to fight the nearly 900-acre Rock Creek Fire burning near Red Lodge. At last word, the fire is still 20 percent contained.

The Rock Creek Fire did not gain any acreage over night, but investigators are now saying nearly 500 homes are threatened from the blaze.

Fire crews report the shifting winds can cause small flare-ups, but the temperatures and humidity levels are relatively the same. The team now has five hand crews and twelve engines, bringing the total number of people working on the fire to more than 200. Officials say the additional crews and fire engines have been helping.

"The hand crews that provides more people to be out on the ground working with digging the hand line," said Barbara Pitman, information officer. "With extra engines those are helping monitor for hot spots, spot fires, which we have not had."

Officials report a Custer National Forest area closure is still in effect. Homes along Highway 212 are on Stage One alert, meaning residents need to be ready to get out when they receive word from fire officials.

Officials want to remind travelers that Highway 212 is open to all traffic with a 35 mph speed limit through the fire area.