Aug 28, 2012 9:32 PM by Jamie Leary (Butte)

Wildfire breaks out in Jefferson County, bordering Butte-Silverbow County

A wildfire has broken out in Jefferson County just near the Butte-Silver Bow County border.

Initial reports put the size of the fire at more than 10 acres.

Leona Roderick, spokeswoman for the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge Forest, says that air retardant helicopters and hand crews are on the scene.

Other fire resources have been ordered from a variety of agencies.

The fire is located several miles off of Highway 2.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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UPDATE, 7 pm: The fire has now grown to more than 200 acres. We're told that as many as 300 homes in the area are being evacuated.

A Type II incident team has been called in.

We will update you as we get more information.

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