Posted: Jul 28, 2013 1:27 PM by KBZK/KXLF Media Center
Updated: Jul 28, 2013 1:40 PM
PHILIPSBURG - Evacuations have been ordered as crews battle the 1,600 acre Moose Meadow fire southeast of Philipsburg.
Fire officials say an evacuation of the Moose Lake and Kaiser Lake areas began on Sunday morning, adding that 30 structures are threatened by the blaze at this time.
Saturday afternoon's shifting winds sparked a lot of fire growth to the east and the night shift battled blazes until 2 a.m., when fire activity calmed down.
Once the blaze crossed Lone Pine Ridge, the Incident Management Team ( IMT), Granite County Sheriff and DES, made the decision to evacuate all residences south of the junction of Forest Service Road 5130 and the Middle Fork Road.
There are 250 firefighters assigned to the blaze as well as five helicopters. The fire continues to burn in heavy beetle killed timber that is predominantly lodgepole with some subalpine fir.
Crews are working to establish hand line on the northwest and southwest flanks of the fire. Numerous water and cargo drops will be made by aircraft.
Evacuees can call the Department of Emergency Services at (406) 360.1626 for more information.