Posted: Aug 2, 2012 11:29 PM by MTN News
LAME DEER- Law enforcement evacuated residents in Lame Deer, as well as those north of town, on Thursday evening.
The Chalky fire in the Rosebud Complex has come within a couple of miles of town. The six fires in the complex have burned almost 18,000 acres north of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.
Evacuations for about 60 homes north of Lame Deer started at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, while officers and deputies began evacuating two hundred homes in Lame Deer around 8:30 p.m.
Tribal and BIA public safety personnel assisted with the evacuations according to a news release and Highway 39 is closed between Lame Deer and Colstrip due to fire activity.
Evacuees were directed to find shelter in Ashland at St. Labre Mission School.
A Type II incident management team is on scene and LaDawn Saxton says that team is working with the team on the Crow Reservation.