Posted: Jul 3, 2012 6:49 PM by MTN
Updated: Jul 3, 2012 6:54 PM
The Dry Creek Fire, burning along Clapper Flats Road six miles north of Laurel, is estimated between 500 to 1,000 acres in size.
The blaze started when a homeowner was using a metal grinder, creating sparks, which is a violation of the burn ban, according to the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Department.
The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Department reminds people not to violate the ban.
Twelve engines, one helicopter and one air tanker are at the blaze. Two heavy air tankers have made drops and a Department of Natural Resources and Conservation helicopter is making water drops.
The fire reportedly started after a structure fire spread to a field near Chief Looking Glass Road and Clapper Flats Road on the north side of Clapper Flats.
Sustained gusty winds pushed the fire quickly to the east/northeast. Winds pushed the fire away from houses where the fire started.
Buffalo Trail Road is closed north of Laurel.