Posted: May 13, 2013 9:49 PM by MTN News
Updated: May 14, 2013 1:41 PM
Dry conditions and high winds are driving a forest fire burning four miles southeast of Philipsburg.
The Rumsey Gulch Fire, a 200-acre wildfire, kicked off early this evening.
Structures are threatened and an unknown number of people have been evacuated from the Rumsey Gulch Area.
Crews from the forest service, DNRC, County and volunteer fire departments are working structure protection tonight.
The latest report from officials is about five homes were evacuated. Witnesses tell MTN the fire seems to be settling down. Crews are getting ready for the long haul tonight and are trying to stay ahead of the wind.
One official told MTN this evening the fire was "running and gunning" because winds in the area were high.
Forest Service officials are asking the public to be extremely careful with any type of open flame outside. Conditions are extremely dry.