Rock Creek fire holding at 900 acres, 25 percent contained

2013-08-24T16:42:00Z 2013-08-26T10:27:06Z Rock Creek fire holding at 900 acres, 25 percent containedGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
August 24, 2013 4:42 pm  • 

A day after Montana Gov. Steve Bullock visited the 900-acre Rock Creek fire south of Red Lodge, the blaze remained 25 percent contained Saturday morning, according to a news release from the Rock Creek fire information office.

Hand crews were set to scout and build hand lines on the southern and northern portions of the fire and structure protection continued along U.S. Highway 212.

The highway is open to all traffic, but there is a 35 mph speed limit through the area of the fire.

A total of 545 structures are threatened, but none have burned. The fire, located five miles south of Red Lodge, continues to burn in sage and timber in steep terrain.

Resources on the fire as of Saturday include five 20-person crews, 12 engines, two pieces of heavy equipment, two water tenders and two helicopters. A total of 216 people are assigned to the fire.

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