“The toll from the latest spate of fires remained uncertain. But at least three evacuation orders were in place and well over 150 homes were threatened by blazes that in some cases burned unchecked,” as the Associated Press reports in this article at WashingtonPost.com.
South of Butte, a resident who failed to heed an evacuation order was taken away by ambulance after suffering second-degree burns to his hands and arms, said Forest Service spokeswoman Mariah Leuschen.
That blaze, the 19 Mile Fire, has burned more than 6 square miles and at least nine structures, including two houses. Officials warned the toll will likely rise.
Billings Gazette: Pine Creek fire continues to grow, at least 5 homes lost
The fire broke out on private land at about 2 p.m. Wednesday. Driven by gusts of as much as 40 mph, it quickly exploded. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
Karen Tuscano, a U.S. Forest Service public information officer, said the fire grew to about 12,000 acres from about 5,000 Thursday.
KTVQ.com had this summary:
Summary: The Pine Creek Fire was called into Livingston Dispatch about 2 pm in the afternoon on August 29th. The cause of the fire is unknown. The Pine Creek Café, school and church were not burned in the fire. There have been a few minor injuries to the public and firefighters, but no firefighters have been killed.
Livingston Enterprise on the Pine Creek Fire:
“We’re still in the process of double confirming that, triple confirming that because we don’t want to tell somebody they lost their house when they didn’t,” Babcox said.
As of early Thursday morning, information gathered showed five residences and eight other structures have been damaged by the fire, but details of the amount of damage to each was not immediately available, Park County Attorney Brett Linneweber said, conveying information from the Sheriff’s Office.