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Evacuations underway as wildfires burn in northwest Montana

(MTN News photo) (MTN News photo)
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KALISPELL -

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 blaze grew from 80 acres Sunday morning to 400 acres and continues to actively burn grass and brush.

There are several other fires that were sparked late Friday by lightning.

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation reports that the blazes 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 since Friday..

- information from Nicole Miller included in this report.


(second report)

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 blaze grew from 80 acres Sunday morning to 400 acres by 8:45 p.m., and it continues to actively burn grass and brush. 

There are several other fires that were sparked Friday afternoon by lightning. The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation reports that the blazes 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, July 10.

The Rogers Mountain fire is burning 50 acres several miles northwest of Happy’s Inn. The fire is burning in grass, brush, and 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 DNRC reports firefighters are working hard to contain multiple fires using engines, water tenders, and helicopters. Heavy Air Tankers and Super Scoopers have been ordered. Fires are in various percentages of containment. A helibase has been established at Lost Prairie for aircraft assigned to the fire.

The Northwest Land Office has seen 20 new fires in the past 48 hours.


(first report)

Crews are battling a pair of wildfires in northwest Montana.

One blaze is burning in the drainage east of Rogers Mountain and is moving to the south/southeast, according to the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. 

Fire officials report the blaze is making an active push and a Type 2 team ordered to manage the number of fires in the area and they will arrive for in-briefing on Monday morning.

A pair of SEATs currently working the fire as well as a Type 2 helicopter. Heavy air tankers have been ordered along with a couple of Super Scooper. The DNRC notes that demand for resources is high, but this has become a priority fire.  Pre-evacuation notices have been recommended for the area.

Meanwhile, smoke from the Lazier Creek Fire on the Plains Unit of the DNRC is now visible from Kalispell. The blaze has grown to over 200 acres today and is threatening structures around Bend. Pre-evacuation notices have been recommended in the area.

RELATED: Lightning starts several fires west of Kalispell

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