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‘One Stop Shop’ opening at Disaster Resource Center in Hamilton

The American Red Cross of Montana, the Salvation Army, MT VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), state and county agencies, and local community groups are jointly opening a “one-stop shop” at the Disaster Resource Center in Hamilton for people who were affected by the Roaring Lion Fire. The Disaster Resource Center is located at 1285…

Evacuation order lifted on Roaring Lion Fire

As of press time on Monday, the Roaring Lion Fire, burning 5 miles southwest of Hamilton on the Bitterroot National Forest, had burned 8,270 acres and the perimeter was 30% contained. 724 people are fighting the fire, which is being managed under unified command of Greg Poncin of the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team and…

Most homes make it, some don’t

Some destroyed...

By Michael Howell Driving up Roaring Lion Road and Judd Creek Road on a media tour of the area, which was still closed to the general public but open to homeowners, we would pass the ruins of a burned out home and then pass one standing like a green island in a sea of blackness,…

Red Cross mobilizes quickly on fire response

By Michael Howell Within an hour after receiving a call in her Great Falls office about the Roaring Lion Fire, Diane Wright, Director of the Red Cross in Idaho and Montana, was able to get an emergency shelter set up in Hamilton to accommodate evacuees, providing a place to sleep, to shower, to do laundry,…

Bitterroot River closure lifted

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is lifting the Bitterroot River closure, effective immediately, from Wally Crawford Fishing Access Site (FAS) to Angler’s Roost. The river has been closed to all access since Tuesday due to the close proximity and immediate safety concerns related to the Roaring Lion Fire. Officials say that although the fire…

Fire danger level raised to Very High

Hamilton, Montana (August 4, 2016) – Fire danger on the Bitterroot National Forest has been raised to “Very High” this morning.  This summer, fire crews have responded to 11 human-caused fires and 10 lightning-caused fires.  All fires, except the Roaring Lion and Observation Fires, have been extinguished. Hotter and drier weather is predicted with the…

Roaring Lion Fire update

Here is the latest information from inciweb:   Roaring Lion Fire Update Wednesday, August 3, 2016 Fire Information: (406) 363-0484 (406) 241-4338 Detected: August 3, 2016 Cause: Under Investigation Current Size: 7,130 acres Containment: 0 % Location: Bitterroot National Forest, Darby Ranger District, 5 miles southwest of Hamilton, MT. Information Hours: Fire information phones, (406)…

Fire evacuation area expanded

In anticipation of a significant wind event and predicted extreme fire behavior, the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office has expanded the Roaring Lion Fire Stage 2 Evacuation Order to include Wyant Lane south to Camas Creek. Undersheriff Steve Holton said Stage 1 Alert and Warning has been put in effect for the area north of Wyant Lane to Blodgett…

Roaring Lion Fire prompts evacuations

The Roaring Lion Fire roared into view from the second block of downtown Hamilton on Sunday afternoon around 3:40 p.m., gobbling up 2000 acres in less than 12 hours and prompting evacuation of at least 500 homes. More than 3500 acres and at least 14 structures have already burned and continuing hot, dry weather and high winds are cause for concern. Crystal Schurman photo.

By Michael Howell Roaring Lion Fire lived up to its name when it jumped to life on Sunday afternoon and roared across 2,000 acres of forested land in less than 12 hours. At one point the fire was estimated to be consuming the woods at a rate of 200 acres per hour. By noon on…

Adjacent landowners sue to stop Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project

By Michael Howell A couple of objectors to the Bitterroot National Forest’s proposed Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project (Westside Project) have filed suit in federal district court in Missoula to stop the project. Fred Rohrbach and Bitterroot LLC are alleging that the process utilized by the Forest Service and the Westside Project’s final decision does…