A homeowner near Reed Butte, not far from Stevensville in the Bitterroot Valley, lost control of a brush fire on Thursday afternoon, and the strong winds in the area spread the fire to over 150 acres, prompting Ravalli County sheriff's deputies to evacuate several homes in the area.
A controlled burn quickly went out of control near Corvallis Hills Estate late Wednesday afternoon, leading to the evacuations of several homes in the area, and three different fire departments called in to battle the blaze, which was reported at about 4:30 p.m.
In a letter sent to KGVO Radio, Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman is advising voters in the Bitterroot to continue the current restrictions on medical marijuana, because of the negative effects produced when the 2004 Citizens Initiative was first passed.
Tom Heintz, the Incident Commander of the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team on the Sawtooth Fire fire has conferred with Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman concerning the re-entry into areas near this fire by the residents of the homes impacted by the area Stage 2 evacuation order.
Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman says the reverse 9-1-1 system employed by fire and sheriff's authorities sent out an incorrect message to hundreds of homes and cell phones regarding certain areas in which residents could return to their homes.