Courtesy: Hill County/ Montana DES

HELENA- The Hill County Emergency Operations Center says a fire burning south of Havre has consumed 20,000 acres.

Officials say they are fighting the East Fork fire aggressively with back burn operations and that weather has shifted the fire’s direction. The fire is currently burning to the southeast into Blaine County west of Clear Creek and south to the Hungry Hollow/Clear Creek intersection.

A Type I incident management team has been called into help. Type I teams are largest and have the most resources.

Evacuation and pre-evacuation orders remain in effect for the area around the fire. Dangerous fire weather is expected to continue through Friday.

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On Thursday fire managers confirmed that the fire had destroyed five cabins and five other outbuildings. There has been no report of additional structures burned as of Friday morning.

A relief fund has been set up at Independence Bank for people affected by the fire. Checks must be made out to: East Fork Fire.