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Missoula Rock's showing thanks for firefighters

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MISSOULA - When they heard about the Lolo Peak Fire, along with the many firefighters putting their lives at risk, one Missoula group decided to show their appreciation through art.

For some, it might just be an ordinary rock. a piece of the earth. but for others, a rock symbolizes much more -- strength, reliability, and endurance -- a lot like a firefighter.

When mixed with beautiful paintings and meaningful words. the rocks turn into a moment of encouragement. 

The firefighters have been battling the Lolo Peak Fire since July 15th, that's more than 40 days of tough work protecting our communities. And while working in a stressful environment sometimes it's the smallest things that can make the biggest difference.

"It lets them know the community is really appreciative of the effort. They are risking their lives every day to protect our homes and businesses safe, so we need to at least let them know we are thinking of them," said Crystal Combs who was a rock painter.

The group has named themselves "Missoula Rocks" and are not just reaching out to firefighters. they've been leaving little words of encouragement hidden throughout Missoula and the surrounding areas for all to read.

"It's a good thing. Everybody is happy. I have gotten responses back from people that said, 'wow I found this rock and it cheered me up.' That's what it's all about...making people feel good," said Missoula Rocks founder Deborah Prochet.

Lolo Peak fire Public Information Officer Mike Cole says all the thank you signs seen along the roads and the donations of food have been very appreciated at the fire camp.

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