Voluntary evacuation ordered for Pryor Creek fire Tuesday afternoon

A man watches flames approach from the back of a pickup truck as firefighters from several agencies and counties fight a fire threatening structures along Pryor Creek on Tuesday evening. The fire is between Blue Creek and Pryor. The Montana Highway Patrol closed the road to everyone but fire crews at Mile Marker 12 on Pryor Road.


High temperatures in the 90s with winds gusting to 35 mph kicked up a grass fire northeast of Pryor Tuesday afternoon that threatened homes and outbuildings.

Yellowstone County Sheriff’s deputies went door-to-door along Pryor Creek Road suggesting residents voluntarily evacuate, said BIA fire duty officer Karl Big Hair.

According to the Montana Fire Info website, the fire had grown to more than 10,000 acres by 7:30 p.m. and was 0% contained. The fire quickly grew to become the third largest fire in the state, according to Fire Info.

Non-residents have been asked to stay out of the area and Pryor Road has been closed.

Numerous fire engines from Yellowstone and Big Horn counties and numerous aircraft were assisting in controlling the blaze


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