LIBBY – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation notices for residents living near the Gold Hill fire for on Thursday evening.
A dozen properties that had previously listed on pre-evacuation were given near orders as the blaze continues to burn 13 miles north of Libby.
The evacuation order includes residences on Pipe Creek, Noisy Cabin Road and West Side Pipe Road that are between mile marker 11 and mile marker 13 on Pipe Creek Road.
Authorities say the evacuations were issued as a precaution taken during back-burning operations on the Gold Hill fire. Pipe Creek Road remains open at this time.
The Gold Hill fire has grown to over 1,900 acres since being sparked by lightning on August 11th.