Wildfires trigger evacuations in northwest MontanaSource: KRTV
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By: Mark Thorsell – MTN News
MISSOULA – Sanders County Sheriff’s Office deputies are evacuating cabins and homes threatened by the Lazier Creek 3 Fire, which is burning near the Bend Guard station.
Fire managers report the fire grew from 80 acres on Sunday to 400 acres by Monday morning, and it continues to burn in grass and brush.
There are several other fires that were sparked late Friday by lightning.
The Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation reports that the fire are scattered throughout the Pleasant Valley, Happy’s Inn, ACM, and Fisher River areas.
A Type 2 team has been ordered to manage the fires and will be arriving on Monday.
The Rogers Mountain fire is burning 50 acres several miles northwest of Happy’s Inn in grass, brush, and in timber on steep slopes. Single engine air tankers are working the fire and heavy air tankers are on order for Monday.
Pre-evacuation notices have been recommended for the communities north of U.S. Highway 2 and northwest of Happy’s Inn meaning that there is a fire in the area that may require evacuation.
“The neighbors were suggested that they evacuate and so they asked us to come get their horses and we actually ran into our other neighbors that were kind enough that we didn’t have to go home and get our horse trailer and they put them in their horse trailer,,” one resident told MTN News.
The DNRC reports firefighters are working to contain multiple fires using engines, water tenders, and helicopters. The blazes are in various percentages of containment. A helibase has also been set up at Lost Prairie for aircraft assigned to the fire.
The DNRC Northwest Land Office has seen 20 new fires starts since Friday.