Fires triggers evacuation orders and warnings in parts of western Montana

Fires triggers evacuation orders and warnings in parts of western Montana

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MISSOULA –

Fires burning in parts of western Montana have triggered some evacuations, and some pre-evacuation warnings.

The Granite Country Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation orders due to the Sapphire Complex fires burning in the Rock Creek drainage.

Mandatory evacuations are from Hogback homestead south to the Kyle Bohrnsen Memorial Bridge. Those residents need to leave immediately.

Pre-evacuation warnings are from Hogback homestead north to Butte Cabin.

Residents leaving this area are advised to exit north on Rock Creek Road.


Residents in the Moose Lake area have been ordered to evacuate their homes due to the nearby wildfire danger.

The Granite County Sheriff’s Office is saying that residents living in the area must leave their homes immediately. Law enforcement and other emergency responders are working in the area to provide information about routes to take out of the area.

The Meyers and Whetstone fires are the two wildfires burning closest to Moose Lake.

There are reportedly 82 structures in the area under threat and high winds are creating critical fire weather in the area.


The Rice Ridge fire burning three miles from Seeley Lake grew dramatically on Monday and has now chewed through nearly 4,000 acres.

The growth of the blaze has prompted authorities to issue an evacuation warning for residents on both sides of Highway 83 south of Rice Ridge Road and immediately south of Cottonwood Lakes Road– east of Highway 83 extending through Double Arrow Ranch.

Missoula County Sheriff’s Office deputies are now attempting to make in-person contact with residents in the area. The warning is to let citizens know that a situation is threatening their immediate area.

MCSO included the following information in a release on Tuesday:

“Residents should be taking steps to prepare for a short notice evacuation and/or self-evacuate as they see fit. With an evacuation warning, we emphasize pre-packing, preplanning (moving livestock, finding options for people with disabilities, etc.), and enrolling in SMART911. It should be noted, this is NOT an “Evacuation Order.” 

The evacuation warning means that residents in the area should be prepared in case they are asked to quickly leave the area.


The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office is issuing evacuation warnings for residents near the Lolo Peak Fire.

MCSO says the warning affects residents on the south side of Highway 12 from Elk Meadows Rd. to Fort Fizzle, including Mill Creek.

This is the first step in which MCSO deputies attempt to make in-person contact with affected population(s). The warning is to let affected citizens know that a situation is threatening their immediate area. Residents there should be taking steps to prepare for a short notice evacuation and/or self-evacuate as they see fit. With an evacuation warning, we emphasize pre-packing, preplanning (moving livestock, finding options for people with disabilities, etc.), and enrolling in SMART911.

It should be noted, this is NOT an “Evacuation Order.” Should there be an order, deputies will make every effort to recontact residents in the evacuation area. However, should time be limited the utilization of audible warnings (alternating siren tones on a slow moving vehicle) will be used to notify residents that they need to evacuate the area immediately for their own safety and the safety of emergency responders.

For further info call the Fire Information Line at 258-4636.


Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced Tuesday afternoon that they are closing all of Seeley Lake waters, effective immediately, for public safety while crews use the lake water to fight the Rice Ridge Fire.

The closure applies to all recreation, such as boating, swimming, wading and fishing, so that aircraft crews can safely operate as they dip water from the lake.

Officials say the closure will be in place until fire crews no longer need to use the lake for suppression efforts.