U.S. Forest Service spokesman Jeff Gildehaus said, the blaze is few miles west of the community of Red Lodge, by Saturday night it has grown to 700 acres.
The fire began in an open private land but it was driven by the winds into the Custer National Forest where the resort is located.
Gildehaus said, “There’s snow between the ski area and the fire and the timber. But it’s also a solid run of timber from where the fire is to the ski area, so it gets up in the trees and starts running the crowns of the trees and it starts advancing toward the ski area.”
The evacuation made about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday is a precautionary measure because there is only one road for the skiers and the firefighters to use.
The estimated evacuation of people is about 500.
He said the winds have eased and were expected to continue the same course throughout night.
The fire has burned the rural homes but the structures weren’t damaged.
There is no containment in the fire by Saturday night; it has grown to 700 acres from 200 acres reported in the afternoon. Firefighters are battling the blaze.
This is unusual season for wildfires.
Gildehaus said, “But down in the low elevation, there isn’t any snow and things are pretty dry, we haven’t really had any green-up yet where grasses turn green. We got all the dry grass from last year, and things are pretty dry.”
Other wildfires were reports in northern Wyoming and elsewhere in Montana on Saturday.