Evacuation of Red Lodge unlikely even as fire grows to 21,000 acres overnight

  • Source: Billings Gazette
  • Published: 06/16/2021 08:43 AM

VIDEO: The Robertson Draw fire burning south of Red Lodge grew to 21,000 acres overnight, according to Custer Gallatin National Forest officials. After evacuations were ordered in areas around Red Lodge about 4 p.m. Tuesday evening, fire officials feared the approaching blaze could force the evacuation of the resort town, bustling this time of year with tourists and summer residents. “As of this morning (Wednesday), there are no plans to evacuate Red Lodge,” said Billy Chapman, a spokesman for the Custer Gallatin National Forest. The fire was threatening 450 homes, which were under an evacuation warning, as well as 312 buildings, infrastructure, utilities, and equipment in the area, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


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