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Health board levies fine for failure to comply

By Michael Howell On Tuesday August 9, the Ravalli County Board of Health finally reached a written compliance agreement with Florence property owners Tim and Elaine Burt after discussions and delays lasting over a year and a half concerning a violation of sanitation laws on their rental property. The Burts agreed to meet a list…

Sheriff’s Office update on Roaring Lion fire Stage 1 Alert

Friday, August 12 Ravalli County Undersheriff Steve Holton has issued a press release stating that the Stage One Evacuation Alert and Warning for the area west of Hwy 93, from Lost Horse Road to North Gold Creek Loop, would remain in effect at least through the weekend.  Most of the area is open to residents and…

‘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…