Sawtooth Fire Special Evening Update 9-13-12- 1730
Incident: Sawtooth Fire Wildfire
Special Release from Sawtooth Fire
Due to fire activity and the National Weather Service forecast for critical fire weather, the Incident Commander, Tom Heintz, has conferred with Ravalli County Law Enforcement and Fire Officials and recommended the expansion of Stage 1 Evacuation Notice.
The Notice is being expanded for the entire area described as follows:
All residents east of the intersection of Blodgett Camp Road and Canyon Creek Road to West Hills Way, including all roads that intersect West Hills Way and north to Blodgett Creek.
This includes all homes on Hilltop Drive, Tawny View and all other roads intersecting West Hills Way.
Also included are the homes west of the intersection of Blodgett View Drive and Black Forest Drive, and the homes west of the intersection of Elk Ridge Road and Conifer Trail.
Stage 1 Alert and Warning is defined as:
There is high probability of the need to evacuate. Law enforcement personnel/representatives will attempt to make personal visits to each residence and business in the threatened area. Residents are responsible to make arrangements to move property and livestock. Some residents, primarily those with special health needs or other concerns, should relocate during this stage of evacuation.
Local Law Enforcement, Fire, and Emergency Management officials are in the process of alerting the residents within that area and the public in general.
Previous notices and warnings of evacuation remain in place.
Additional Closures: Sawtooth Creek Trail #123 remains closed due to fire activity.
Blodgett Campground is closed
Roaring Lion Trail #124 is closed
Canyo0n Creek Trail #525 is closed
Updated Information: The American Red Cross has established an evacuation center at the First Baptist Church at 345 Cooper Lane, Hamilton. The American Red Cross can be reached at 800-272-6668
Special Concerns: New fire starts! Attention: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions remain in effect for this area. Information on fire restrictions can be found at http://firerestrictions.us/mt/.