Ford Fire near Billings, MT; Red Flag Warning
source | Incident Information System
Firefighters battling the Ford Fire, in the Emerald
Hills subdivision, are contending with high winds and temperatures
today (20 August), as a Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 2100
hours. The main areas that continue to be affected are in Whispering
Pines, Box Canyon and near Trailmaster Road. Lockwood Fire Chief Bill
Rash encouraged the evacuated residents to stay clear of the area due
to the dangerous conditions and the large amount of firefighting
resources in the area.
Two primary residences have been
destroyed, along with several outbuildings and vehicles. Many more
homes have been saved by firefighters and good defensible space.
Engines from surrounding towns, counties and agencies are in place
providing wildand and structure protection via mutual aid to the
Lockwood Fire Department.
A public meeting was held at the Lockwood Middle School at 4 p.m on 20 August and the evacuation order remains in effect.
public meeting has been scheduled for 8 a.m. on Tuesday, 21 August 2007
by fire managers to provide current information to the public and media.
Date of Origin
08/19/2007 at 1615 hrs.
1 mile east of Billings.
Brush, rangeland grasses
Wind gusts to 40 miles per hour push the fire toward the Emerald Hills Subdivision. Evacuations were ordered for area residents.
Red flag warning in effect until 2100 on 20 August.
Current Wind Conditions