Roaring Lion Fire 65% Contained – More Smoke Expected
The Type 3 Incident Command has taken over operations at the Roaring Lion fire south of Hamilton.
The fire is 65 percent contained and 206 people are on the fire, along with four helicopters and one air attack aircraft, according to a recent fire report.
As the dry hot weather returns, the fire is expected to burn mainly on the western edge away from any structures. Mop-up around the houses and fire lines is continuing by fire crews inside the 8,274-acre perimeter.
Trees that were cut to complete a contingency line to the previous Observation Fire will be removed by logging trucks.
There is one section of Stage 1 Evacuation warning south of North Gold Creek Loop. Those returning to their homes are advised to be careful around trees that have been through the fire. Often the supporting roots have burned and trees could fall. Sixteen homes were lost to the blaze.
Red Cross and Salvation Army are setting up a "One Stop Shop" for disaster recovery services at 1285 North 1st in Hamilton. They'll be open Friday, August 12, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, August 13, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the location will representatives from American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Montana Disaster Emergency Services, Haven House, Team Rubicon, 2-1-1, Ravalli Public Health and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief of Montana.
There will also be an "disaster recovery" information table at the downtown Hamilton "Music on Main" Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.