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Wildfire quickly grows near Eureka, shelter set up

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The Gibralter Ridge Fire as seen near Eureka on 8.7.17. (photo credit: Scott Bernhard) The Gibralter Ridge Fire as seen near Eureka on 8.7.17. (photo credit: Scott Bernhard)
The Gibralter Ridge Fire was spakred by lightning on 8.7.17 (MTN News/Nicole Miller photo) The Gibralter Ridge Fire was spakred by lightning on 8.7.17 (MTN News/Nicole Miller photo)
(MTN News/Nicole Miller photo) (MTN News/Nicole Miller photo)
A shelter has been set up for evacuees at the Church of God in Eureka. (MTN News/Nicole Miller photo) A shelter has been set up for evacuees at the Church of God in Eureka. (MTN News/Nicole Miller photo)

There are several new fires burning in the Eureka area including the Gibralter Ridge Fire that was started by lightning late Monday night.

The blaze, which quickly grew to 500 acres overnight exploded to 1,400 acres by early Tuesday afternoon. Structures and residences to the east of Eureka are being threatened by the fire.

Residents in the Sherman Creek, Griffith Creek Therriault Creek Road, Stevens Creek and Graves Creek area have been told to evacuate immediately.

Pre-evacuation notices are in effect starting at Sinclair Creek and West Lane South to Glenn Lake Road. South of Glenn Lake Road starting at the South end of the lake to Sherman Creek Area.

The Ten Lakes Scenic area has been closed and Graves Creek is closed at the Therriault Pass intersection. Flathead County is in the process of closing the eastern boundaries of Ten Lakes area at the TuChuck Campground on Lewis Creek.

A shelter has been set up for evacuees of the Gibralter Ridge fire at the Church of God, 1295 2nd Ave East in Eureka.

Livestock can be taken to the fairgrounds in Eureka and smaller animals and pets can be taken to the Tobacco Valley Animal Shelter. The Flathead Spay & Neuter in Columbia Falls is also offering to take in cats.

The Eureka Town Hall will be the location for any donation of food for the crews working the fire. A trailer is located at the back of the Town Hall for donation items. 

A free meal is being offered from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Eureka Senior Citizens Center.

A firefighter who was hurt falling off a truck and was taken to the hospital in Whitefish for treatment. Officials tell us that the firefighter was in stable condition as of early Tuesday afternoon.

There are 20 people assigned to battle the blaze. A Type II Incident Management Team has been called in to manage the Gibralter Ridge Fire.

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A new wildfire that authorities say was sparked by a passing storm in Lincoln County is prompting evacuations.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office reports there's a fire burning in the Eureka are in a canyon above Hood Drive.

Evacuation notices were issued early Tuesday for residents along Sherman Creek Road, Griffith Creek Road, Therriault Creek Road, North Stevens Creek Road and Graves Creek Road east of Eureka.

Pre-evacuation notices will be served by authorities to residents in the East Glenn Lake Road and to Stevens Road areas.

The fire has burned more than 500 acres of timber along Gibraltar Ridge east of Eureka and at least 30 homes were evacuated Monday night, according to the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for evacuees at the First Church of God at 1295 2nd Ave. E. in Eureka.  All evacuees are welcome at the shelter, and all Red Cross services are free.

There is also a dog park near the shelter for clients’ dogs, and the shelter staff has a list of people volunteering to help haul livestock to safe areas if evacuees need that assistance.

The local fairgrounds is also open to accommodate animals.

A fire information center and camp are currently being set-up, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Several community members are offering up any help needed for evacuees and firefighters in Eureka. Click here for more information.

For those in the area who have not yet received the order to evacuate, here is what you can do to prepare:

  • Download our free Wildfire app at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps
  • Gather your family or household members and delegate responsibilities.
  • Assemble an emergency kit to take with you when you evacuate. For a detailed list of items to include visit http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies
  • Prepare an information kit with important documents like medical, banking, and insurance records.
  • Save a list of emergency numbers on every cellphone.
  • Plan ahead for your pets and livestock. Ask local officials where you can bring them.
  • Identify a place to meet in case you are separated.
  • Plan and practice several evacuation routes from your neighborhood.

If an evacuation is imminent:

  • Tune in to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information.
  • Limit exposure to smoke and dust. Keep indoor air clean by closing (but not locking) windows and doors. Close curtains, shutters, and blinds. Use the recycle mode on your air conditioner.
  • Turn on exterior lights.
  • Remove flammable items from decks and porches.
  • Open gates for animals that cannot be evacuated.
  • Connect a hose to an outside spigot, mark any water sources on your property, and leave a ladder for firefighters.
  • Put your emergency kit in your car. Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape, with windows closed and keys in the ignition.
  • Put your best driver at the wheel. Turn on lights, drive slowly and watch out for emergency vehicles.
    Evacuate as soon as the order is given. Don’t delay.                                                     
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