Posted: May 16, 2013 9:17 AM by MTN News
Updated: May 16, 2013 9:17 AM
PHILIPSBURG - Fire officials are continuing to make progress fighting the Rumsey Gulch Fire that continues to burn just outside of Philipsburg. The blaze, which sparked on Monday, is holding at 349 acres.
It is 79% contained.
Fire officials say a little bit of rain fell on the blaze overnight, and crews will be returning on Thursday morning to continue battling the fire. The fire did not grow during the day Wednesday and is not expected to add any acreage on Thursday.
Cindy Super with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation points out that even though five homes were lost in this fire, several homes were saved and no injuries have been reported.
The Rumsey Gulch Road is open to local traffic only and while, residents have been allowed to return to their homes, officials say they should be careful when driving and watch for fire traffic and unsafe trees in the area.
There are still nearly 125 people assigned to battle the blaze.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.