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Emigrant Peak fire grows, Paradise Valley residents concerned

By Eric Turcio, Reporter, eturcio@ktvm.com
Published On: Jul 23 2013 07:24:14 PM MDT
Updated On: Jul 23 2013 09:38:30 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The Emigrant Fire continues to spread off the eastern edge of the Paradise Valley.

Emigrant is a town 20 miles south of Livingston.

NBC Montana has followed the wildfire since it started Sunday.

The wildfire has burned 419 acres. No homes or structures are threatened at this time.

Residents living in Paradise Valley tell us the fire brings back memories of last year's devastating Pine Creek Fire.

Tom Madrid resides in Paradise Valley and told us the Pine Creek blaze was scary.

"We got the reverse 911 call to get ready, packed up the house --  that was a little chilling," said Madrid.

The Pine Creek blaze was destructive and broke out in late August last year. It burned 8,000 acres and destroyed five homes.

Madrid says his home was spared during last year's wildfire, but told us the threat of fire is always there.

"Wildfires are always a concern for us, especially when it's hot and dry," said Madrid.

Rebecca Parker owns Wild Flower Bakery and Café, off Route 89 in Emigrant. Parker told us the fire caught the attention of her customers.

"Definitely a talking point and people want to talk about it," said Parker.

Parker says she stays updated from the local firefighters who stop in her bakery.

"One of our regulars came in this morning and we chatted with him. He said they've been working on it and they've got it pretty much under control," said Parker.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks closed the west shore access road at Dailey Lake. FWP officials will camp out at the access site, allowing them to station helicopters.

NBC Montana learned the remaining campsites on the north and east shores of the lake will remain open to the public.