Fire near Roundup threatens homes, shelter setup for evacuees - | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

Fire near Roundup threatens homes, shelter setup for evacuees

Posted: Updated:
© Courtesy: Mark Higgins © Courtesy: Mark Higgins

UPDATE: Musselshell county DES said the fire is still at zero percent containment, but so far no homes have been lost. Adam Carlson said there are 240 people working this fire, but the number should raise to 300 Friday evening. Carlson said the fire was started from a lightning strike.

Helicopters and aircraft have been dropping both water and retardant on the fire to try to contain it.

Evacuations remain in effect for the Bruner Mountain subdivision area, as well as Rehder, Beard and Portal Roads. Pre-evacuation orders are in place for Johnny's Coal area and Big Clearing area.

American red cross is also preparing to take people as well.


A fire is currently burning near Roundup tonight. According to the Musselshell County Facebook page the fire was estimated at 150 acres around 8:40 p.m.
There are currently homes threatened but no losses. At this time the fire has 0% containment. Right now there are about 90 firefighters on the ground fighting the fire. Around 10:15 p.m. Musselshell County DES reported the fire was starting to make a move to the north.

A Shelter has been set up at the Roundup Community Center for those that are being evacuated due to the fire.

Evacuation notices have been issued to residents of Bruner Mountain Road and the Johnny Cole area. The American Red Cross of Montana has opened a shelter at the Roundup Community Center, 700 3rd St. W. All evacuees are welcome. All Red Cross services are free.