UPDATE: JULY 27 AT 3:19 P.M.

The Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire area has been lifted as of 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, Heather Gonzales, from public information, reports.


UPDATE: JULY 24 AT 11:31 A.M.

The Robertson Draw Fire burning south of Red Lodge is now reported to be 90% contained and 29,885 acres large.

A small increase in acreage was reported on the fire due to more accurate field mapping an update sent Saturday morning says.

Due to a portion of the fire burning in difficult terrain that would be unsafe for firefighters, strategies are in development to reduce firefighter risk that the update says have a high probability of success in protecting private property as well as keeping the fire confined to its current footprint.

There is a possibility of the fire not only picking up in activity but also spreading past the current fire perimeter if certain variables, such as fuel dryness and elevated fire weather, were to line up to support fire spread.

“All measures are being taken to avoid this possibility, but a small portion of the fire perimeter cannot be contained and the warm, dry trend will likely continue for much of the summer,” the update said. “Resources will remain ready at all times with quick response and remain committed to keeping firefighters and the community safe.”

Crews made progress Friday in completing and inspecting containment line along the western fire perimeter.

On Saturday, they will continue working on the shaded fuel break and ensuring sprinkler systems are in place and operational for Structure Protection Plans.


UPDATE: JULY 21 AT 6:22 P.M.

On Wednesday, handline construction along the northwest perimeter of the fire, near Mt. Maurice, was completed in the area that is accessible to firefighters, according to an update from Custer Gallatin National Forest.
 
Three crews from the Surge Team began securing containment line at three separate points along the western perimeter.
 
Over the next several days, crews will continue checking, improving and constructing containment line along the western perimeter with aerial support.

UPDATE: JULY 21 AT 10:48 A.M.

The Robertson Draw Fire is now 85-percent contained at an estimated 29,841 acres as of Wednesday. 

Crews continue to see moderate fire activity along the western perimeter and will prioritize securing that area. A helicopter flew ground crews closer to the priority area to monitor, improve and build containment lines, according to a Facebook post from the Custer-Gallatin National Forest (CGNF).

Crews saw isolated torching and burning within the fire perimeter. 

More resources have arrived for additional support in the priority area and other unsecured areas of the fire, according to CGNF. Crews will monitor, improve and build containment lines along the western fire perimeter. Hand crews will keep constructing the line on the northwest part of the fire. Aerial resources are on standby for water drops. 

The weather is forecasted as mostly sunny to partly sunny. There is a chance of rain and thunderstorms with possible wind gusts in the afternoon and evening. Humidity is expected to be at 33 to 37-percent and 45 to 50-percent recovery in the nighttime. Thursday may have gusty and unpredictable winds.

Closures are in effect in the following areas, according to CGNF:

"The Custer Gallatin National Forest lands south of Point of Rocks and east of Highway 212 and east of Wyoming Creek are closed with the following exceptions: Sheridan and Rattin Campgrounds, the Westminster Church Camp and the summer residences at Corral Creek and Spring Creek. A Closure Order is in effect on all Bureau of Land Management lands lying West of State Highway 72, South of State Highway 308, and East of US Highway 212 in Carbon County. The North and South Grove Creek Road, Gold Creek Road, Ruby Creek Road, Meeteetse Trail, and Robertson Draw Road to the state line is closed to public use."

There is also a temporary flight restriction over the fire for the safety of firefighting aircraft. This includes unmanned aircraft systems or drones.


UPDATE: JULY 20 AT 9 P.M.

The Custer Gallatin National Forest lands south of Point of Rocks, east of Highway 212 and east of Wyoming Creek are closed, according to Custer Gallatin National Forest.

Exceptions to the closures include Sheridan and Rattin Campgrounds, the Westminster Church Campground and the summer residences at Corral Creek and Spring Creek.

A Closure Order is also in place for all Bureau of Land Management lands west of State Highway 72, south of State Highway 308 and east of U.S. Highway 212 in Carbon County.

The North and South Grove Creek Road, Gold Creek Road, Ruby Creek Road, Meeteetse Trail and Robertson Draw Road to the state line are closed to public use as well.

The Robertson Draw Fire is approximately 29,841 acres in size and 85% contained.


UPDATE: JULY 19 AT 5:14 P.M.

An evacuation warning is issued for Rock Creek Drainage from Point of Rocks just south of Red Lodge following south on Highway 212 as the Robinson Draw Fire picks up, Red Lodge Fire Rescue and the CCSO report.


UPDATE: JULY 16 AT 6:36 P.M.

There was increased fire activity at the Robertson Draw Fire on Friday. 

According to a Facebook post from Custer Gallatin National Forest, a type 1 helicopter dropped water on the hotspots and put them down for a while.

With high heat and dry weather conditions, they are expecting increased chance of fire activity over the weekend.

Robertson Draw Fire updated map

UPDATE: JUNE 27 AT 11:34 A.M.

Mop-up work continued on the Robertson Draw Fire Saturday.

Crews also completed work to chip wood debris along the East Side Road Custer Gallatin National Forest reported in an update.

On Sunday, the south and east sides of the fire will continue to be patrolled and monitored for any hot spots or pockets of heat along the containment lines.

Crews will grid the fire edge again and look for pickets of heat, and suppression repair of interior dozer lines will be continued on the eastern side the update said.

On the northwest side firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor the hand lines.

The structure protection group will work on some additional fuels reduction planning.

“If the weather clears, firefighters will return to the plateau and south of Mt. Maurice area on the west side of the fire to check on that area,” Custer Gallatin National Forest said in the update. “The initial attack group will remain prepared to respond to any new fire starts.”


UPDATE: JUNE 26 AT 12:10 P.M.

Custer Gallatin National Forest reports the Robertson Draw Fire is 29,838 acres large and is now 65 percent contained.

On Friday, crews continued to patrol and mop up along the southern and eastern sides of the fire.

Firefighters on the northwest side of the fire Friday continued to mop up and search for hot spots along the hand line as well as continued work chipping woody debris along the East Side Road as a part of a contingency line tied into US Highway 212.

The Structure Group finalized the equipment list that is needed to set up structure protection actions in the Highway 212 corridor.

An initial attack group was identified and prepared to respond to any new fires.

Planned actions for Saturday include paroles and monitoring of the south and east sides of the fire for any hot spots or pockets of heat along the containment lines.

On the northwest side, firefighters will continue to construct the contingency fire line between the fire area and the East Side Road and use a chipper to dispose of the wood debris and haul it away the report says.

“If the weather clears, firefighters will return to the plateau and south of Mt. Maurice area on the west side of the fire to check on that area,” Custer Gallatin National Forest said in an update. “An initial attack group is identified and will be prepared to respond to any new fire starts.”

Evacuation warnings are still in effect for areas located south of Red Lodge and east of US Highway 212. Residents are asked to have a household evacuation plan and to remain vigilant and aware of the fire situation and their surroundings.

At this time, the North and South Grove Creek Road, Gold Creek Road, Ruby Creek Road, Meeteetse Trail, and Robertson Draw Road are closed to public use.

As of 8:00 am Saturday, the Forest Closure Order has changed and all lands west of US Highway 212 are now open to public use.

All Custer Gallatin National Forest System lands south of Point of Rocks in the Rock Creek drainage and east of US Highway 212 are still closed under a new Forest Closure Order.

This includes trailheads, campgrounds, dispersed camping areas, and the USDA Forest Service Recreation Residences in Corral Creek and Spring Creek. This is in addition to the Closure Area encompassing the Line Creek Plateau.

A Closure Order is also in effect on all Bureau of Land Management lands lying West of State Highway 72, South of State Highway 308, and East of US Highway 212 in Carbon County.


Robertson Draw Fire Forest Closure being lifted for west side of Hwy. 212

UPDATE: JUNE 25 AT 4 P.M.

The Forest Closure will be lifted in the area on the west side of Highway 212 at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 26.

According to Custer Gallatin National Forest trails, facilities, campgrounds, and Snow and Sheep Creek Recreation Residences will be accessible to the public. This includes the Lake Fork trail, Parkside, Greenough, Limber Pine, and MK Campgrounds.

The area east of Highway 212 from the forest boundary to the Wyoming state line, encompassing all of the Line Creek plateau, Rattin and Sheridan Campgrounds, Spring Creek and Corral Creek Recreation Residences will remain closed until further notice.
 
The entire Custer Gallatin National Forest remains under fire restrictions.
 
On the Beartooth Ranger District NO FIRES are permitted, metal camp ring or otherwise. However, camp stoves powered by gas with an on and off switch are allowed.

UPDATE: JUNE 23 AT 8:23 A.M.

The Robertson Draw Fire is now burning 29,601 acres and is 53 percent contained as of Wednesday morning.

Fire crews with the Red Lodge Fire Rescue, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Northern Rockies Incident Management Team, U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management wrote in a release smoke was visible in the south side of the fire where crews did the burnout operation Monday.

The release said Fire Use module and Helicopter module completed building a fuel break from the north end of the Line Creek Plateau north towards Mount Maurice while also looking for hot spots along the fire's edge. Additionally, the structure protection group completed structure evaluating and planning.

Fire crews wrote in the release they will look for heat spots along the containment line on the east side of the fire Wednesday. They will focus on the creek draw with clusters of aspen trees containing heat. 

Crews on the northwest side will resume building the contingency fire line between the fire area and the East Side Road and work toward farther up the slope, the release said. Crews will start removing vegetation along the East Side Road.

On the south side, crews will resume mop up efforts at the containment line where the burnout happened. Fire crews said in the release smoke may be visible from this area. 

Due to forecasted thunderstorms and lightning, crews will come back from the plateau on the west side. The structure will standby for initial response in the event new fires ignite in the area.

Hot and dry weather patterns cover the region this week through next week. A cold front is expected to move through the area Wednesday afternoon, possibly causing small thunderstorms and lightning with little precipitation.


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UPDATE: JUNE 22 AT 8:24 A.M.

The Robertson Draw Fire is now burning 29,596 acres and is 53 percent contained as of Tuesday morning.

The Red Lodge Fire Rescue wrote in a release crews did burnout operations along the Robertson Draw trail and a mid-slope containment line on the south side of the fire Monday to clear out unburned fuels. 

Some smoke traveled to the Highway 212 corridor. RLFR said crews monitored the eastern part of the fire for smoke and heat along the containment line. 

A Division Supervisor, 10-person Wildland Fire Module and a helicopter crew in the west side worked on fuel breaks and a hand line going north towards Mount Maurice. Crews will continue building a fuel break and hand line in this area Tuesday.

RLFR said the team is spike camping for several nights in the mountains. A structure protection team resumed evaluating summer cabins for secure space and if they would need to put in a sprinkler system, and they are expected to complete this Tuesday.

Crews will monitor and extinguish spots of heat along the containment line on the eastern side of the fire Tuesday, RLFR said crews will work on a creek draw that has a cluster of aspen trees holding heat. 

On the south side, crews will mop up the containment lines from Monday's burnout operation.

Crews will build a contingency line between the fire area and the East Side Road in the northwest side. Crews will look for patches of heat farther up the slope and cool along the edge of the fire.

Evacuation warnings are still in effect, and all the Custer Gallatin National Forest System lands south of Point of Rocks in the Rock Creek drainage are closed under a Forest Closure Order. Bureau of Land Management lands located west of state Highway 72, south of state Highway 308 and east of U.S. Highway 212 in Carbon County are closed.

Beartooth Highway, Highway 212, remains open. 


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UPDATE: JUNE 21 AT 6:30 A.M.

The Robertson Draw Fire is 45 percent contained as of Monday morning, according to a briefing from the incident command.

The incident command said the lower elevation with grass and brush has been contained, and crews are working on the higher elevations, such as Maurice Mountain, Monday.

There was a grizzly bear with cubs north of Maurice Mountain Sunday, so crews had to leave the area for safety reasons. 


UPDATE: JUNE 20 AT 6:08 P.M.

Evacuation warnings have been lifted for the areas of North and South Grove Creek, Gold Creek, Ruby Creek, and Robertson Draw east to Highway 72.

Although the evacuation warnings have been lifted, road access is still restricted to local access.

The Custer Gallatin National Forest says the area south of Red Lodge along the east side of Highway 212 is still under an evacuation warning.

Residents are being told to remain vigilant and be ready to evacuate.

All the Custer Gallatin National Forest System lands south of Point of Rocks in the Rock Creek drainage are still closed under a Forest Closure Order.


UPDATE: JUNE 20 AT 11:37 A.M.

As of Sunday morning, the Robertson Draw Fire is now reported to be 13 percent contained and 29,437 acres large.

Fire activity Saturday continued to be in the upper reaches of the Grove Creek and Line Creek drainages similar to previous days the Custer Gallatin National Forest reports.

Fire crews on the east side continued to patrol and cool down any remaining pockets of heat, and some containment was accomplished on that part of the fire.

An indirect line, a constructed fire line built by hand or equipment and located a certain distance ahead of the active fire, was completed by firefighters on the south side who tied it to an old fire scar.

Fixed-wing CL-415 water scooper aircraft were again used to make water drops on this part of the fire.

On the northwest side, firefighters continued to scout areas for fire line and worked on a direct fire line.

The Structure Protection Group continued work on assessments involving identifying and labeling the locations and access routes to structures. The group also made a task list of preparation work that would be needed to defend the areas around structures including sprinkler systems and reducing the amount of flammable vegetation.

On Sunday, crews will continue to patrol along the east side of the fire and will grid areas as needed.

Firefighters on the south side will strengthen the indirect fire line and prepare for the fire as it moves in that direction.

On the northwest side, firefighters will start working on indirect hand and equipment constructed fire line working to connect the line from the fire area going west to East Side Road.


UPDATE: JUNE 19 AT 12:20 P.M.

Fire crews and equipment continued to mop up along the east side edge of the Robertson Draw Fire an update from the Custer Gallatin National Forest said.

Most of the fire activity Friday continued to be in the upper reaches of the Grove Creek and Line Creek drainages the update says.

On the south side, firefighters continued work tying an indirect line into an old fire scar.

On the northwest side, firefighters continued to scout for indirect line locations.

According to the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Division Supervisor and 10-person Wildland Fire Module are spike camping on the west-central side of the fire and scouted indirect line locations.

The Structure Protection Group continued their work on assessments and developing a structure protection plan for structures northwest of the fire.

Crews will continue to patrol and mop up along the east side of the fire and will grid areas as needed Saturday.

Firefighters on the south side will finish their work on the indirect line and prepare the line for the fire as it moves in that direction.

On the northwest side, crews will move forward with plans for indirect hand line and some dozer line construction.

The structure protection group will keep moving through their assessments of private structures to the northwest and west of the fire and develop a plan to protect structures should there be a need to do so.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 12:00 pm until 9:00 pm for the fire area so fire managers will continually be monitoring the fire activity in relation to the weather conditions.

Evacuation warnings are still in effect and all the Custer Gallatin National Forest System lands south of Point of Rocks in the Rock Creek drainage are closed under a Forest Closure Order.

The Robertson Draw Fire is currently at 27,566 acres and is 0 percent contained.


UPDATE: JUNE 18 AT 10:55 P.M.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued in the Robertson Draw Fire area for Saturday, June 18, from noon to 9 p.m.

Firefighters have made great progress over the past few days. However, significant areas of uncontrolled fire exist, especially on Mt Maurice south of Red Lodge.
 
While the expected conditions are not as extreme as last Tuesday, there is potential for rapid fire growth.

Red Lodge Fire Rescue is warning residents near the fire to monitor fire conditions and be ready to leave should those conditions change.


UPDATE: JUNE 18 AT 5:12 P.M.

In an update Friday afternoon, the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team reported that two CL Water Scoopers have been requested to help with firefighting efforts on the Robertson Draw Fire.

At this time, the Cooney Reservior is being used to supply water to the aircraft, and Buffalo Bill Reservoir may be used as well.

The aircraft generally needs a lake that is at least six feet deep and1-2.5 nautical miles according to the update.

Fire crews are working to tie in dozer lines to burned areas that have cooled down in the rangeland grass areas.

Air tanker water and retardant drops are being conducted along the northwest side of Mt. Mauriceand southern areas to check fire spread.

Crews will continue to tie in fire lines where needed, mop up pockets of heat and any areas of fire located around private structures.

On the south side of the fire, crews will continue to look for opportunities to build fire line.

Additional fire crews have been ordered and will be arriving.

Aerial resources will continue to drop water or retardant, based on fire activity.


UPDATE: JUNE 18 AT 11:04 A.M.

The Roberson Draw fire has grown to 24,470 acres and is 0 percent contained as of Friday morning.

Firefighters made progress on several areas of the fire Thursday, the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team reported in an update.

Planned actions for Friday include crews continuing to work on indirect line and utilize aircraft as necessary.

On the eastern and northeastern sides of the fire, crews will continue to patrol and mop up any areas of heat or smoke along the fireline. On the northwest side, firefighters will continue to plan indirect line and begin to start some of that work.

Structures will be assessed by the structure protection group and they will develop a structure protection plan which will include flagging access roads as well as numbering structures.

The crew on the west side of the fire will scout for opportunities to work on an indirect or direct fire line based on the fire activity at the head of the Line Creek drainage according to the update.

The North and South Grove Creek Road, Gold Creek Road, Ruby Creek Road, Meeteetse Trail, and Robertson Draw Road that are in Evacuation Warning status remain closed to general public use.

Evacuation orders have been lifted for the areas of North and South Grove Creek, Gold Creek, Ruby Creek, and Robertson Draw east to Highway 72.

The areas will remain in evacuation warning, and residents are recommended to have a household evacuation plan ready.


UPDATE: JUNE 17 AT 8:50 P.M.

As of 6 p.m., June 17, Evacuation Orders have been lifted for the areas of North and South Grove Creek, Gold Creek, Ruby Creek, and Robertson Draw east to Highway 72.

These areas will remain in evacuation warning status, but residents can return to their homes. All area residents are recommended to have a household evacuation plan ready. 

The North and South Grove Creek Road, Gold Creek Road, Ruby Creek Road, Meeteetse Trail, and Robertson Draw Road that are in Evacuation Warning status remain closed to general public use.

All the Custer Gallatin National Forest System lands south of Point of Rocks in the Rock Creek drainage are closed under a Forest Closure Order. This includes trailheads, campgrounds, dispersed camping areas, and the USDA Forest Service Recreation Residences in Corral Creek, Spring Creek, Snow Creek and Sheep Creek.

The areas within the Forest Closure Order remain in evacuation and include the USDA Forest Service Recreation Residences in Corral Creek, Spring Creek, Snow Creek and Sheep Creek. This is in addition to the Closure Area encompassing the Line Creek Plateau.

The Beartooth Highway (US Hwy 212) remains open.

Temporary flight restrictions are still in place for airspace over the fire to allow crews to receive air support in containing the blaze.

According to InciWeb, fire crews had success in all divisions of the fire on Thursday. 

Fire resources are working up a plan on the west end to use an existing trail and natural barriers to create indirect line and take advantage of the possible moisture that could come into the area over the weekend. 

The majority of fire activity reportedly was in the Grove Creek and Line Creek drainages actively burning midslope timber with short upslope runs, group torching, and spotting.

A night shift will work Thursday evening to mop-up pockets of heat around any structures.


UPDATE: JUNE 17 AT 11:50 A.M.

An infrared flight early Thursday morning mapped the Robertson Draw Fire at 24,273 acres.

The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team reports that on Thursday, fire crews will work along the northeastern, eastern, and southeastern sides of the fire to continue to tie in fire lines where needed, mop up pockets of heat and any areas of fire located around private structures.

Crews on the south side will continue to look for opportunities to build fire line.

On the northwest side of the fire near Mt. Maurice, the Division Supervisor and operations personnel will begin scouting the fire area and develop a strategy for suppression.

A structure protection group has been organized and will be working on structure assessments and planning according to the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team.

Additional fire crews have been ordered and will be arriving. Aerial resources will continue to drop water or retardant as needed based on fire activity.

While evacuation orders are still in place, any affected residents in evacuated areas that need to return to their homes briefly can contact the Sheriff’s Office to make arrangements for a Deputy Sheriff escort.

A temporary flight restriction is also in place for the air space over the Robertson Draw Fire, which also applies to unmanned aircraft systems or drones.


UPDATE: JUNE 17 AT 7:02 A.M. 

The Robertson Draw fire grew to 24,273 acres by Thursday morning  morning, Mariah Leuschen-Lonergan with Custer Gallatin Public Affairs tells us.

Additionally, the fire destroyed 8 major structures and 13 secondary structures or outbuildings, the Custer Gallatin National Forest reported on Facebook.


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UPDATE: JUNE 16 AT 10:14 P.M.

Evacuation Orders are still in place for North and South Grove Creek, Gold Creek, Ruby Creek and Robertson Draw east to Highway 72, according to a release from Custer Gallatin National Forest.

All other evacuation orders and evacuation warnings have been lifted. This does NOT include the USDA Forest Service Recreation Residences in Corral Creek, Spring Creek, Snow Creek and Sheep Creek.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to be vigilant and aware of the situation and your surroundings.

If residents in areas still under evacuations need to return to their homes briefly, they may do so with a Sheriff deputy escort. You can contact the Sheriff’s Office at 406-446-1234 to make arrangements.

All Custer-Gallatin National Forest Service lands south of Point of Rocks in the Rock Creek drainage are closed.

This includes:

trailheads, campgrounds, dispersed camping areas and the USDA Forest Service Recreation Residences in Corral Creek, Spring Creek, Snow Creek and Sheep Creek.

This is in addition to the closure area encompassing the Line Creek Plateau.

However, the Beartooth Highway (U.S. Hwy. 212) is still open.

The sheriff confirmed that eight major structures and 13 secondary structures or outbuildings were lost in the fire. Those property owners are being notified.


UPDATE: JUNE 16 AT 5:45 P.M.

According to InciWeb, Evacuation Orders are still in place for residents in the following areas:

  • Area south of Highway 308 from Red Lodge to Highway 72, east of 72 to the Wyoming border. This excludes the town of Bearcreek and Belfry.
  • The area west of Meeteetse Trail Road, and the east side of Highway 212 from Meeteetse Trail Road to Westminster Spires Church Camp.
  •  USDA Forest Service Recreation Residences in Corral Creek, Spring Creek, Snow Creek and Sheep Creek.
  •  All campgrounds, dispersed camping and trailheads from the Lake Fork north to Red Lodge including the dispersed camping area just west of the Lake Fork Road.

The town of Bearcreek is under an evacuation warning. The order was put in place by the county sheriff and recommends residents leave their homes immediately. People with medical, functional or other needs should consider evacuating if possible.

An area closure is also still in place for the area south of Highway 212, east to the area along the Beartooth Front and south to the Wyoming border. This does not include the campgrounds and homes along East Side Road.

Line Creek Road remains closed in Wyoming.

The following roads will also remain closed to through traffic: Meeteetse Trail Road, Grove Creek Road and Robertson Draw Road.

The fire remains at 0% contained. Approximately 200 personnel are assigned to the incident with more personnel incoming.

Crews are working on structure protection, along with building dozer line and tying into cold burned black to secure portions of the fire's edge. Retardant lines were placed throughout the day along the northwestern edge of Mt. Maurice.

Much of Wednesday, smoke and growth occurred on the southern perimeter of the fire and on an interior bowl on the southern side of Mt. Maurice.


UPDATE: JUNE 16 AT 11:29 A.M.

As of Wednesday morning, the Robertson Draw Fire is estimated to be 21,000 acres large.

An update from the U.S. Forest Service says the fire had significant growth yesterday with challenging fire weather and high sustained winds.

The update says the firefighting situation is challenging due to continued record high temperatures with relative humidity in the single digits.

“Extreme fire behavior on Tuesday made fighting the fire safely on the ground nearly impossible and the high winds preventing aircraft from fighting the fire with retardant and water drops challenging. Engines were placed on structure protection, as safe to do so,” the update reads.

The update says the weather Wednesday is more favorable towards firefighting efforts, however, shifting winds may cause more growth on the South and Eastern portions of the fire.

Priorities remain structure protection, building line around the fire and as always, firefighter and public safety.

The fire is continuing to actively burn along the east side of Line Creek Plateau into sage and grass south of Bear Creek and Belfry and around Mount Maurice, south of Red Lodge.

According to the update, the fire is not within the wilderness area, and firefighters have been using aircraft to deliver water and retardant to the fire line since the fire was reported.

Aircraft resources are working the fire to deliver water and retardant when conditions are safe to fly.

All evacuation orders are still in place.

A virtual and in-person public meeting is planned for, Wednesday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Red Lodge High School Gym, 800 Chambers Ave N. in Red Lodge.

The meeting will be live-streamed on the Custer Gallatin National Forest’s Facebook page here.


UPDATE: JUNE 16 AT 9:54 A.M.

The Robertson Draw fire has grown to 21,000 acres Wednesday morning, according to the Custer Gallatin National Forest.


UPDATE: JUNE 15 AT 6:30 P.M.

The area along Rock Creek and Meeteetse Trail Road being Evacuated, according to a release from Custer Gallatin National Forest.
 
This includes all homes in the area west of Meeteetse Trail Road and on the east side of Highway 212 from Meeteetse Trail Road to Westminster Spires Church Camp.
 
This also includes all USDA Forest Service Recreation Residences in Corral Creek, Spring Creek, Snow Creek and Sheep Creek.
 
All campgrounds, dispersed camping and trailheads are closed in this area on both sides of Highway 212 from Red Lodge to the Lake Fork of Rock Creek, including the camping area to the south of the Lake Fork Road.
 
Evacuation Orders are also now in place for homes south of Highway 308 from Red Lodge east to Wolf Creek Road (with the exception of the Town of Bearcreek), south of Wolf Creek Road to Highway 72, east side of Highway 72 to Grove Creek Road and everything north of Grove Creek.
 
The Town of Bearcreek is under an Evacuation Warning.
 
A shelter has been set up at the Red Lodge Community Church at 308 S. Broadway. Small pets are welcome as long as they are restrained.
 
The Red Cross will be setting up a shelter at the Veteran Memorial Civic Center in Red Lodge at 215 14th Street West.
 
The Robertson Draw Fire area remains under a Red Flag Warning until 10 p.m. tonight.

UPDATE: JUNE 15 AT 6:05 P.M.

The area west of Meeteetse Trail Road and the east side of Highway 212 from Meeteetse Trail Road to Westminster Spires Church Camp are under an Evacuation Order, according to InciWeb.

USDA Forest Service Recreation Residences in Corral Creek, Spring Creek, Snow Creek, and Sheep Creek are also under an Evacuation Order.

An evacuation warning is issued from the county sheriff. He alerts people to be ready to go if needed. People with medical, functional, or other needs should consider evacuating if possible.

An area closure is in place for the area south of Highway 212, east to the area along the Beartooth Front and south to the Wyoming border. This does not include the campgrounds and homes along East Side Road.

Line Creek Road is also closed in Wyoming.

Roads closed to through traffic include: Meeteetse Trail Road, Grove Creek Road and Robertson Draw Road.


UPDATE: JUNE 15 AT 5:45 P.M.

According to our on-scene reporter, the Carbon County Sheriff's Office is issuing an Evacuation Order for the Meeteetse Trail area.

An area closure is in place for the area south of Highway 212, east to the area along the Beartooth Front and south to the Wyoming border, according to InciWeb.

This does not include the campgrounds and homes along East Side Road. However, Line Creek Road in Wyoming is also closed.

The following roads are closed to through traffic, only local access is allowed: Meeteetse Trail Road, Grove Creek Road and Robertson Draw Road.


UPDATE: JUNE 15 AT 4 P.M.

North and South Grove Creek are under an Evacuation Order, as of 3:21 p.m., according to a Facebook update from the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

The following locations are now under Evacuation Orders:

Gold Creek
Ruby Creek
North Grove Creek
South Grove Creek
 
The following areas are under Evacuation Warnings:
 
The area west of Meeteetse Trail Road, and the east side of Highway 212 from Meeteetse Trail Road to Westminster Spires Church Camp. USDA Forest Service Recreation Residences in Corral Creek, Spring Creek, Snow Creek and Sheep Creek.
 
Individuals with medical, functional or other needs should consider evacuating if possible.

UPDATE: JUNE 15 AT 8:36 A.M.

RED LODGE, Mont. - Gold and Ruby Creek areas are under evacuation again as of 7 a.m. Tuesday after the Robertson Draw Fire grew to 2,000 acres from 200 acres overnight.

Custer Gallatin National Forest Public Information Officer Billy Chapman told Montana Right Now there is a possibility of extreme fire conditions worsening due to the weather, and the fire has a chance of going into the main fork of Rock Creek.

Chapman told us the following areas are under evacuation warning, meaning these areas aren't currently under evacuation but could be later:

  • North and South Fork Grove areas
  • Area west of Meeteetse Trail Road, east of Highway 212 and down to Westminister Spires Church Camp

A Type 2 fire crew is on the way to battle the fire.


RED LODGE, Mont. - The Robertson Draw Fire burned about 200 acres Monday, which has the town's mayor a little worried because the fires usually don't start this early.

"I just couldn't believe it was happening this early. Usually, our fire season is towards the end of July and August," Red Lodge Mayor William Larson said.

Red clouds loomed over Red Lodge this afternoon, as the fire burned just 12 miles away.

Mayor Larson is no stranger to fires, but says he's worried about tourism season.

"We have a full blown July coming up, starting with the rodeo during the first week, and that whole month is full," Larson said.

And after a rough economic year in 2020, fires just don't help small businesses.

"I talked to some store owners this morning and everyone's having a great year, but they are a little concerned after last year," Larson said.

The situation could be worse, but the Forest Service and Red Lodge Fire had to take some drastic measures Monday.

"No structures are currently threatened, but we do have evacuations in place in Ruby Creek and Gold Creek," Amy Hyfield, with Red Lodge Fire, said.

For now, part of the Custer-Gallatin National Forrest is shut down.

"Highway 212 from about Mt. Morris to Reno Lake, and then South to the Wyoming border and east to Beartooth Front," Hyfield said.

But a big factor with this will be the wind. We'll have a Red Flag warning in place through Tuesday.

"The wind and the high temperatures with that, we do expect higher fire activity," Hyfield said.

But there's no reason to panic, for now.

"We don't feel like the community of Red Lodge or the surrounding communities are threatened at this time, just the evacuated areas," Hyfield said.

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