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Evacuations started in Musselshell County as North Delphia Fire spreads

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The North Delphia Fire. (Courtesy of Mike and Cheryl) The North Delphia Fire. (Courtesy of Mike and Cheryl)
The North Delphia Fire from the home of Mike and Cheryl on Allen Road. The North Delphia Fire from the home of Mike and Cheryl on Allen Road.
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The North Delphia Fire has burned around 2,000 acres in Musselshell County as of Friday afternoon.

The North Delphia Subdivision has been evacuated and approximately 120 people are fighting the fire, according to DES coordinator Adam Carlson.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Roundup Community Center for those being evacuated.

Livestock can be taken to the Musselshell County fairgrounds.

At this time crews are working to protect structures and slow the fire progression.

The blaze started near Buckhorn Drive north of the North Delphia Subdivision on Friday morning by lightning strikes and grew rapidly.

Crews were responding to other area fires caused by the same storm, so there was some delay in their response to the North Delphia Fire.

Several aircraft have been brought in to tackle the blaze as smoke settles into the Bull Mountains.

DNRC, BLM, Bull Mountain Fire, Round Fire, Hawk Creek Fire and Melstone Fire are all responding.

As the fire moves toward Highway 12, Musselshell Sheriff Deputies are implementing traffic restrictions.

Law enforcement plans to close Highway 12 East from mile markers 182 to 186, according to DES.

People are asked to stay out of the area.

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