HAPPENING NOW: Rock Creek Fire 40 percent contained

The Rock Creek Fire has spread to 910 acres but is 40 percent contained. There are no evacuations in effect at this time, and all structures listed as threatened are under Stage 1 “Ready” Alert. Local traffic through the East Side Road off U.S. Hwy 212 should take precautions and avoid unnecessary stopping for the safety of helicopter operations. The Beartooth Highway (U.S. Hwy 212) is open between Red Lodge and the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone, which includes access to Cooke City and Silver Gate. The community of Red Lodge is open for business and campgrounds in the local area remain open. Fire behavior was minimal yesterday due to low wind speeds and cloud cover. Favorable weather allowed crews to make significant progress. The southern flank of the fire’s perimeter is now contained and handline behind the homes in the West Fork Rock Creek is complete. Current resources are Seven 20-person crews, eleven engines, two pieces of heavy equipment, two water tenders, and four helicopters. A total of 292 personnel. Today’s weather will be similar to yesterday with light winds and a chance of thunderstorms. Efforts today will focus on the eastern flank of the fire where the most heat exists. Firefighters will use water from Cyclone Creek to extinguish hot spots while reinforcing handline. The remainder of the fire’s perimeter is in patrol status. Structure protection crews will continue slash removal work in West Fork Rock Creek. Restrictions/Closures: A Custer National Forest area closure is in effect and includes closure of Silver Run Trail #102, Ingles Creek Trail #64, and Beartrack Trail #8. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect surrounding the Rock Creek Fire area. Stage 1 fire restrictions are in place for the Beartooth Ranger District. For further information, visit: www.inciweb.org; Select “Rock Creek Fire” in Montana.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am
    An Overeaters Anonymous group will meet every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Grace Fellowship Church, Absarokee.
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 1:00pm
    Long, cold winter getting you down? Get out of the house and join the fun on Sunday afternoon for Bingo to help the homeless pets of Carbon County. Be there for Beartooth Humane Alliance Bingo, Sunday, Feb. 25, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the Red Lodge Elks Club.
  • Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 9:30am
    Open 2nd and 4th Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. 206 N ‘D’ Street. More info 662-1060.
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.