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Part of Highway 200 closed due to fire

Posted at 3:32 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 18:13:24-04

(3:52 pm) Garfield County DES says that the town of Jordan is being evacuated. The agency posted on Facebook: "WE ARE EVACUATING TOWN NOW!!! All residents are to head West of town!!!!"

The fire reportedly began as a burning project on farmland by a property owner Wednesday morning, but it started moving east and jumped Hell Creek Road.

(3:27 pm) The McCone County Sheriff's Office says that Highway 200 from Brockway to Jordan has been closed due to the fire.

The Sheriff's Office said at about 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday that the fire in Garfield County has jumped Highway 200, and the Montana Highway Patrol has closed the road from Brockway to Jordan. They ask that drivers avoid the area as "fire guys" are working to get it under control.

We do not yet know the size or cause of the fire; we will update you if we get more details.

(2:47 pm) Garfield County DES: "The fire has jumped the Haxby Road And running east. At 3 PM, US National Weather Service Glasgow Montana Is predicting a very strong cold front to arrive adding even more wind to already erratic fire behavior. It is essential that you use radios or phone communication to tie in to other landowners and responders on the fire so that others know your location. Landowners and residences on the eastern side of the county need to be prepared now!"

(1:23 pm) the Garfield County Disaster & Emergency Services agency said: "The fire north west of town is now burning out of control and headed east. It has now jumped the Hell Creek Road. All county engines and pumpers are requested. BLM is assembling a crew near the Hell Creek Road. An aid call has also gone out to Miles City with engines on the way. This fire is currently wind driven and we cannot repeat enough times DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BE AHEAD OF IT!"