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Wildfire In Jefferson County Prompts Pre-Evacuation Warnings

Jun 10, 2021

Residents in fewer than a dozen rural homes on Milligan Canyon Road in Jefferson County have been warned they may need to evacuate if the Willow Creek Fire makes a run.

The 500 acre Willow Creek Fire is burning southwest of Three Forks, between Highway 2 and Interstate 90, east of the Lewis and Clark Caverns and west of Willow Creek.

Four Montana Department of Natural Resource and Conservation helicopters are working the fire burning grass, brush and timber in steep and inaccessible terrain.

Crystal Beckman, fire Public Information Officer, says firefighters are on heightened alert as the weather forecast is for erratic winds and thunderstorms later today.

The Willow Creek Fire was first reported Wednesday afternoon. Local, state and federal firefighters responded, as did fire departments from Gallatin, Broadwater and Jefferson counties.

The cause of the Willow Creek Fire is under investigation

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