HELENA — UPDATE 7:00: PM: Late Monday afternoon the Cascade County Sheriff's Office issued additional evacuations for residents near the Harris Mountain Fire.
According to Cascade County Disaster Emergency Services Facebook page a mandatory evacuation order is in place for all residents on Adel Road and Whitmore.
The alert stated that those residents were in imminent danger due to the fire and that first responders would not enter the area to rescue residents who did not evacuate.
FIRST REPORT: The Cascade County Sheriff's Office issued a mandatory evacuation order for all residents on Sheep Creek Road. Residents on Novak Creek Lane were issued a pre-evacuation warning.
On Sunday evening, Cascade County issued a mandatory evacuation order for all residents south of mile marker 7 on Adel Road due to a lack of escape routes.
The Harris Mountain Fire more than doubled in size yesterday as the fire moved to the north and east late afternoon and into the evening. An infrared flight was utilized to map the perimeter at 11,890 acres just after 10:00 p.m. Increased fire activity was driven by the fuels on the ground as well as the topography.
Firefighters worked through the evening to provide point protection near structures. Monday’s operations will consist of reconnaissance of the new fire growth, assessing areas to establish a new anchor point and continuing with point protection near structures. Aircraft will be utilized to assist the firefighters on the ground to slow the fire spread.