Observation Fire Stage 1 Evacuation Warning is Dropped – The Official News Release
No more Stage 1 warning at the Observation Forest fire southwest of Hamilton. Here's the news release from the Ravalli County Sheriff's Office:
Ravalli County Undersheriff Steve Holton announced that the Stage One Evacuation notifications due to the Observation Fire will be rescinded at noon today, July 6th. The restrictions will be lifted for the entire affected area west of Hwy 93 from Lost Horse Road to Gold Creek.
Holton said the warnings were evaluated Wednesday morning by the Sheriff's Office, Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department, Bitterroot National Forest, and Doug Turman's Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team. With favorable weather forecast for the next several days as well as the considerable work put into managing the fire, it is unlikely there will be a need to evacuate any of the structures east of the Observation Fire.
Holton pointed out that there is still a fire presence and smoke should be visible from the valley. Fire engines will maintain a presence in the neighborhoods east of the fire. Holton asked that residents continue to be aware of the large amount of fire traffic and drive safely.
The Forest Service closures remain in effect for the area and Holton referred questions regarding the closures to the Bitterroot National Forest. Lost Horse Road remains open only to local traffic and residents. The Lick Creek Road from Como Lake to Lost Horse remains closed at this time.
Information on the Observation Fire can be obtained from the Fire Information Trailer staffed at the Charlos Heights Fire Station from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or by contacting Turman's Public Information Office at 406-821-0036.