Evacuations Ordered as Elmo Fire Rages in Northwest Montana

The Elmo fire burning in Northwest Montana grew to over 16,000 acres (about 25 square miles) by Tuesday, August 2, according to official reports.

According to the Lake County Facebook page, evacuations had been issued in the area on Monday, August 1, and the Red Cross was helping evacuees in a local high school.

This footage, uploaded to Twitter by journalist Griffen Smith, shows the eerie scene as smoke from the fire rises into the air.

According to official reports, the fire was 10 percent contained as of Tuesday, August 2, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Local news reports said the fire had destroyed several structures. Credit: Griffen Smith / The Missoulian via Storyful

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