Monday, October 02, 2023

Pre-evacution order issued East of Highway 2 from Spotted Bear Road to West Glacier

| August 9, 2023 10:15 AM

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Department Wednesday issued a pre-evacuation notice for residences east of Highway 2 and north of the Spotted Bear Road to West Glacier due to the Ridge Fire.

This is not a mandatory evacuation. Sheriff's Office personnel will conduct door-to-door notifications of residents in the affected area, Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino said in a release.

Flathead County Sheriff's Office, Flathead Fire Agencies, and the Incident Management Team are in constant communication and evaluation of the fire, Heino noted in a release.

Higher winds, lower humidity are expected today and temperatures will be near 90 into the weekend, with no chance for rain.

A pre-evacuation means the agencies involved believe there is a possibility of the fire spreading into the area. This time allows residents the opportunity to make arrangements for their home, pets, livestock and family well in advance. Residents, landlords, hotels and businesses in this area should also have a plan in place to evacuate should the need arise.

The American Red Cross has established a shelter in Columbia Falls. If you plan to use the shelter, please call the Red Cross in advance at 1-800-733-2767 prior to your arrival.

To sign up for Emergency Notifications and a Homeowner’s To Do List, please visit the Fire Service Area page on the County’s website, or call Flathead County OES Public Information Line is active 406-758-2111.

The Ridge Fire is currently listed at just under 3,000 acres.

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