Park County Commissioner Randy Taylor said it appears that fire crews were able to get a handle on a fire that sparked Tuesday night northeast of Livingston and torched an estimated 1,000 acres.
"It's settled down quite a bit," he said Wednesday morning. "Up until midnight or 1 a.m. the wind was whipping the east end of it. It made it down to the Old Clyde Park Road and they had quite a fight there but they held it."
The fire started at around 8 p.m. when lightning struck a tree and then spread for several miles along the ridges of the Bridger Mountain Range.
Taylor said said that winds, including gusts as high as 50 mph, fueled the fire until the early morning hours Wednesday. The fire forced the evacuation of about 30 homes in areas north of Old Clyde Road and east of Willow Creek Road.
A shelter for evacuees has been set up at the Livingston Civic Center, 229 River Drive.
On Wednesday morning, no flames were visible and firefighters were conducting back burns to prevent the fire from spreading. An aerial survey of the fire is planned for later in the day.
"Our guys, it was just a fantastic response," Taylor said. "They have averted what could’ve been a tremendous disaster. I saw flames running up and down the ridge, just like molten lava, almost. I can't say enough about the response of the fire department, the (Park County) Sheriff's Office."
In addition to local fire crews and the sheriff's office, the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and the U.S. Forest Service responded.