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

  • Monday, December 11, 2017 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 8:00am
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 5:30pm
    On Dec. 12 Forum for Provocative Issues will present Randy Dragon profiling Vladimir Putin. Dinner at the Red Lodge Senior Center (13th St and Word Ave) will start at 5:30 p.m. and our program shortly after 6 p.m. If you plan to have dinner RedlodgeMtForum@gmail.com (no text or calls) If you plan to attend the forum but not eat, come around 6 p.m. However, please donate $5 to help defray room rental and other expenses. The price for dinner is $17. A check made out to Martha Young for $17 per person prior to your arrival will be appreciated.
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 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.
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.