Posted: Jun 27, 2012 5:53 PM by Q2 News
Updated: Jun 28, 2012 8:54 AM
Wednesday evening update:
The Ash Creek Fire burning in southeast Montana has exploded today...fire managers say the fire could be between 110-to-150-thousand acres.
The fire was sparked on Tuesday near the town of Ashland.
An evacuation order was issued overnight for the town and it's 800 residents.
The Ash Creek Fire burning near Ashland in southeast Montana has exploded to more than 110,000 acres.
Gov. Brian Schweitzer conducted an aerial surveillance flight over the area on Wednesday afternoon and called the Ash Creek Fire "one of the most dangerous fires in the history of Montana."
The fire was sparked on Tuesday near the town of Ashland on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.
An evacuation order was issued overnight for the town of Ashland and its surrounding area by the Rosebud County Sheriff's Office.
More than 800 people live in Ashland.
There are no reports at this time of any injuries.
There are reports that several homes have already been destroyed.
Randy Sander, the fire program manager in Miles City who was also on the flight, said, "This is the scariest fire I've ever seen."
The fire is currently zero percent contained, and there are zero anchor points at this time.
More than a dozen structures have been destroyed.
Air tankers with a 20,000 pound load of fire retardant are being called in to battle the fire.
We will update you as we learn more.