An ongoing wildfire in Gallatin county (Montana state) has prompted evacuation orders as of Monday, September 7. The so-called 'Bridger Foothills fire' started on Friday, 4 September, near Bozeman, and has since spread over an area of nearly 11 sq miles (28 sq km). Local authorities have closed Montana highway 84 between Story Mill and Sedan to allow for firefighting operations to take place. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office has issued evacuation orders for residents within the affected areas, and residents in several other communities have been warned to prepare to evacuate.
Further spread of the fires is likely in the near term. An emergency response presence and localized transportation disruptions, namely road closures, should be anticipated in the affected areas.
Those in the vicinity of the fires are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the area, anticipate possible transport disruption due to firefighting operations and road closures, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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