PARK CITY — About 100 homes were evacuated after the Falling Star fire burned between 500 and 1,000 acres near Park City in Stillwater County Sunday, according to Carol Arkell, Stillwater County Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator.
The fire is burning near two subdivisions near Falling Star Trail and Benedict Gulch Road, Arkel told MTN News at around 7:30 p.m.
Fire crews were still doing structure protection and were not allowing evacuated residents back to their homes earlier in the evening.
Arkell didn't know when evacuated people would be allowed back to their homes.
The fire was expected to burn throughout the night and Arkell said firefighters expected the blaze to cross Valley Creek Road.
Benedict Gulch Road and Valley Creek Road were closed to through traffic for most of the day.
It is not known if any structures have been damaged.
The Bureau of Land Management, the US Forrest Service, the Montana DNRC -- along with crews from Stillwater, Carbon and Yellowstone counties responded to the fire.
Two helicopters and two airplanes were dropping water and retardant on the fire throughout Sunday.
Arkell urged the public to stay away from the area to allow firefighters the necessary room to work.