Pine Grove (Wildfire)

 Pine Grove Fire started Aug. 16th three miles northeast of Hays, MT from a structure and spread into the wildland.  In the first 24 hours, wind quickly pushed it to more than 10,000 acres and triggered mandatory evacuation notices (GO NOW)  for the communities of Pine Grove, Zortman, and Star MT. Level 2 evacuation notices (Be READY) are in effect for the communities of Hays and Lodgepole, MT.  Three evacuation centers are in place in Hays, Enemy Killer (Nosy Gym)  and in Zortman at the Malta Armory. During this initial period, the fire destroyed one structure, where the fire started. For questions, contact Gail Main: O: 406-673-3217 / M: 301-0308 or Michelle LoneBear: 409-945-2053.Fire is moving through grass, timber, and brush on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and Bureau of Land Management land. There was a report of one other structure lost during the night of Aug. 17. Structure assessments are occurring. Due to the complexity of the incident, a Type 3…

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