Wildfire Near Whitehall Prompts Evacuations

By Beacon Staff

WHITEHALL – A roughly 100-acre wildfire burning 10 miles west of Whitehall prompted some voluntary evacuations Saturday, fire officials said.

The blaze was reported at about noon and was burning primarily on Bureau of Land Management land.

“It’s moving away from any structures,” BLM spokesman David Early said Saturday evening. “Nothing is threatened at this time.”

Fire officials didn’t know how many people had evacuated. But those who did leave lived in the mountains near Radar Creek, between state Highway 2 and Interstate 90.

Early said there are roughly 150 homes in that area, including many seasonal homes.

He added that the fire did not appear to be causing any problems with visibility on I-90.

Firefighters from multiple agencies were at the scene, along with two helicopters, two tankers and at least a half-dozen engines.

“They’re hitting it hard with water,” Early said. “Officials are optimistic they’re going to catch this thing.”

Early said the cause of the fire was unknown.