July Fire explodes to 8,300+ acres

Posted at 10:52 AM, Jul 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-07 12:52:52-04

The July Fire burning near Zortman has exploded in size, and now covers and estimated 8,381 acres, according the Bureau of Land Management.

The fire is said to be about 10% contained as of Friday morning.

There have been no reported injuries.

BLM says that the fire is contained on the east flank and has not crossed State Route 66 to the south or 7 Mile Road to the east.

The evacuation notice for Landusky area residents is still in place. Officials will be working with the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office to assess fire-related risks.

The Sheriff’s office will allow homeowners back into the community as soon as it is deemed safe.

As of 11 pm on July 6th, one outbuilding near Landusky was destroyed by the fire but no other structures have been severely affected.

Public Information Officers will be providing updates and more information on the status of evacuated properties as the information becomes available. 

(JULY 6, 2017) The July Fire burning near Zortman has now grown to 2,100 acres.

At 9:50 a.m. on Thursday, Phillips County Sheriff’s deputies ordered residents of Landusky to evacuate.

The winds have shifted coming out of the east-southeast pushing the fire northwest toward Landusky.

The fire spread overnight to within 1.5 miles of Little Rockies Christian Camp south of Landusky.

The camp is currently vacant and the caretaker has left.

Firefighters and equipment are staging at the camp.

Fire Information Officers from the Type-2 Incident Management Team will be in Landusky on Thursday to provide residents with more detailed information.

A structure protection crew has been assigned to Landusky.

Officials estimate the fire is 25% contained as of Thursday morning.

There have been no reported injuries.