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Wildfire threatens Wolf Creek; evacuations ordered

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The Lookout Fire has burned 200 acres west of Wolf Creek

Evacuations have been ordered for nearly two dozen homes

Critical fire weather conditions are expected on Sunday

200 acres and growing

The Lookout Fire was first reported on Saturday morning and is burning about five miles west of Wolf Creek.

Fire officials say it has already burned 200 acres in heavy beetle-killed lodgepole pine.

Firefighters are having a difficult time attacking the fire because it is burning in steep terrain.

Right now, four West Yellowstone Smokejumpers and an Interagency Hotshot Crew are providing initial attack.

In addition, three air tankers and a helicopter are dropping fire retardant on the fire.

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Evacuations ordered

On Saturday, the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office ordered evacuations for 46 homes in the Lyons Creek Road area.

Sheriff Leo Dutton says strong winds were pushing the fire toward this area, prompting the immediate evacuation order.

Fire officials are working closely with the Sheriff's Office to assess the situation and determine when evacuees may return home.

The American Red Cross has setup a temporary shelter for evacuees at Wolf Creek School, located at 150 Walsh St. in Wolf Creek.

Hot meals, snacks, beverages, showers, beds, and essential supplies are being provided to those affected by the fire.

Anyone heading to the shelter is urged to bring clean clothes, toiletries, medications, bedding, and any other personal items.

Critical fire weather expected

Showers and thunderstorms did drop some rain on the fire on Saturday evening, but we're told the fire is still very active.

Mother Nature won't make battling the fire any easier: critical fire weather conditions are expected on Sunday.

STORMTracker meteorologist Mike Rawlins says a combination of dry air and gusty winds will lead to rapid fire growth on Sunday afternoon and evening.

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