PLAINS - The American Red Cross of Montana has opened a shelter Wednesday at the Plains Alliance Church located on West Fifth Street in Plains in response to Sheep Gap wildfire evacuations.
Authorities ordered mandatory evacuations on Swamp Creek Road from Four Corners to the intersection of the east and west fork of Swamp Creek on Tuesday. At this point, 24 homes are under the evacuation order.
Pre-evacuation orders are also in effect from Four Corners to 132 Black Jack Road as well as on Mountain Road.
The Sanders County Sheriff's Office ordered the evacuations as a result of the fire’s growth in the west fork of Swamp Creek.
The lightning sparked Sheep Gap fire is burning nine miles northwest of Plains and three miles southwest of Weeksville, just south of Highway 200. It is part of the Highway 200 Complex fire.
The Sheep Gap fire has burned 13,400 acres and is 40% contained.
From the American Red Cross:
For those in the area who have not yet received the order to evacuate, here is what you can do to prepare:
If an evacuation is imminent:
Evacuate as soon as the order is given. Don’t delay.