Five Homes Destroyed In Wildfire Near Philipsburg
By OutdoorAly

Posted: May 14, 2013

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 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.

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Topographical map from location around the fire taken on

Fire Information
Phone: (406) 683-3984

Basic Information taken from

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Monday May 13th, 2013 approx. 06:30 PM
Location Approximately 4 miles SE of Philipsburg, MT
Incident Commander Jonathan Clark

Current Situation

Total Personnel 92
Size 350 acres
Fuels Involved Timber-Lodgepole Pine, douglas Fir with light logging slash
Fire Behavior Creeping with occasional group torching and small runs
Significant Events Evacuations have been lifted


Planned Actions Crews are constructing fireline on the north and south flanks of the fire
Growth Potential Medium
Terrain Difficulty High

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 25 mph W
Temperature 60-70 degrees
Humidity 16-26%