Five Homes Destroyed In Wildfire Near Philipsburg
above photo: Tina Bloom,
Crews are working to control the Rumsey Gulch Fire, which has burned nearly 350 acres just south of Philipsburg, Montana. Both the Missoulian, and Montana Standard, reported Forest Service spokesman Leona Rodreick announcing the Rumsey Gulch Fire near Philipsburg has burned five homes and numerous out buildings. Philipsburg is a popular tourist town in Montana, close to Rock Creek, world class blue-ribbon trout stream.
Incident information was first reported on the Rumsey Gulch Fire around 6:20 p.m. Monday evening on inciweb.org. A current update reported firefighters continue to work to establish a fireline around the perimeter of the fire which is burning about four miles south of Philipsburg, Montana. A mandatory evacuation was issued for about 20 residents in the area Monday evening. Residents have just recently been allowed to return to their homes, but are being told to use caution.
Topographical map from location around the fire taken on inciweb.org
Phone: (406) 683-3984
Basic Information taken from inciweb.org:
|Date of Origin
||Monday May 13th, 2013 approx. 06:30 PM
||Approximately 4 miles SE of Philipsburg, MT
||Timber-Lodgepole Pine, douglas Fir with light logging slash
||Creeping with occasional group torching and small runs
||Evacuations have been lifted
||Crews are constructing fireline on the north and south flanks of the fire
||25 mph W