It started on a July 31st Sunday and by the end of the Roaring Lion Fire, over 8.700 acres had burned.

The fire was only miles southwest of Hamilton, giving a large population a front row seat on an incredibly dangerous forest fire. And, it was the top story viewed on the KLYQ website and 1240klyq Facebook page this past year.

The fire cost millions of dollars to fight. The evacuations were extensive in the Ward Mountain area and 16 homes were lost. One person died during the evacuation effort. The cause of the fire has been determined to be a campfire and a court case is now underway.

Those who saw the fire blow up on that first day will not soon forget it.

Roaring Lion Fire July 31. (Mike Daniels, Townsquare Media)
Audience at south end of Hamilton. (Mike Daniels, Townsquare Media)
The fire at night July 31. (Mike Daniels, Townsquare Media)
Beginning day of Roaring Lion Fire. (Mike Daniels, Townsquare Media)