Evacuations Ordered as Wildfire Burning in Southern Montana Grows Amid Record Heat

Evacuations were ordered for communities in southern Montana as a wildfire grew amid record heat on June 15.

The blaze, known to authorities as the Robertson Draw Fire, started south of Red Lodge close to the Wyoming border on Sunday. By Tuesday morning it had grown to 2,000 acres.

Record heat was experienced in the region on June 15, with at least four cities experiencing their record high temperatures according to the National Weather Service. Nearby Billings recorded a maximum temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

This video from staff with the Bureau of Land Management shows the blaze as it “increased intensity” on the afternoon of June 15. Credit: Bureau of Land Management – Montana/Dakotas via Storyful

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