Montana Wildfire Map: Where Red Lodge, Deep Creek Fires and Others are Burning

Wildfires in Montana continue to rage as the West experiences a historic heat wave with triple-digit temperatures.

The Robertson Draw fire near Red Lodge has burned more than 24,000 acres as of June 17 and is uncontained. Officials have determined that the fire was possibly human-caused, and a potential suspect has been identified.

Evacuation orders have been lifted as of 6 p.m. on Thursday for the areas of North and South Grove Creek, Gold Creek, Ruby Creek, and Robertson Draw east to Highway 72, according to InciWeb. Residents in these areas can return to their homes, but officials have advised them to have a household evacuation plan ready.

The North and South Grove Creek Road, Gold Creek Road, Ruby Creek Road, Meeteetse Trail, and Robertson Draw Road remain closed to general public use. Evacuation orders remain in effect for the USDA Forest Service residencies in Corral Creek, Spring Creek, Snow Creek and Sheep Creek.

"We're going to be living with this fire for at best several more weeks, if not for several more months, because of the size of the fire, the terrain and fuel that it's in," Ken Coffman, district ranger for the Beartooth Ranger District of the Custer Gallatin National Forest, said at a public meeting on Wednesday. "It's going to be a while."

In Broadwater County, the Deep Creek Canyon Fire has doubled in size over the past few days. As of June 17, the blaze stretched 4,600 acres.

An evacuation order was issued for the Grassy Mountain subdivision. Officials also issued an area closure encompassing recreational sites, roads and trails outside the city—including Deep Creek Picnic Area, Skidway Campground, Thompson Guard Station, Gipsy Lake Campground and Rillway Campground.

"We wanted to ensure the safety of our communities and firefighters," said Acting District Ranger Erin Fryer. "With the network of Forest Service managed trails and roads in and around the fire, we wanted to ensure no one would be put at risk if the winds change. This will also give firefighters the space to put all their efforts into containing the fire as soon as possible."

Montana Wildfires Map: Red Lodge, Deep Creek
This InciWeb map shows where three active fires are burning in Montana. INCIWEB/SCREENSHOT

The Crooked Creek Fire has also expanded, now at 5,100 acres, and remains uncontained. The fire is burning on the Custer Gallatin National Forest in the Pryor Mountains, roughly 25 miles east of the town of Bridger and near the southern border of the Crow Indian Reservation.

Carbon County has issued pre-evacuation notifications for residents in the Sage Creek Area. Closure orders have also been issued for public lands in the area surrounding the fire, and the Federal Aviation Administration has issued a temporary flight restriction over the Crooked Creek Fire to provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft.

The Crooked Creek Fire is close to the Buffalo Pasture Fire, which sparked Tuesday morning 25 miles southwest of St. Xavier. The Buffalo Pasture Fire stretched 328 miles as of Friday, according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)

Two other small wildfires are burning in Montana, according to NIFC: Hollowbreast and Lone Tree. The Hollowbreast fire has burned 400 acres near Garfield Peak on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. The Lone Tree blaze in the Ervin Ridge Wilderness Study Area has grown to 250 acres.