10 homes, 30 outbuildings lost in Caribou Fire NW of Eureka


MISSOULA, Mont - The Lincoln County sheriff reports 10 homes and 30 outbuildings is the unofficial number of structures that have been lost in the Caribou Fire.

An official number will released as soon as possible, according to the Lincoln County Information Center.

The structures were part of an Amish community near the Canadian border. Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe says residents left before the fire reached the homes. Some 187 residents in West Kootenai near Lake Koocanusa evacuated their homes because of the threat from the 26-square-mile fire.

The public information officer on the Caribou Fire tells NBC Montana officers have issued a new pre-evacuation warning for the Basin area.

The fire is burning about 18 miles northwest of Eureka. An infrared scan of the fire early Tuesday morning shows it has grown by 2,258 acres.

The total acreage is now 19,070. Most of the growth overnight was in the south and west flanks of the fire.

A full evacuation order remains in effect for the West Kootenai area north of Tooley Lake.

A pre-evacuation warning covers the West Kootenai area south of Tooley Lake as well as the Basin area.

Crews are working to protect structures in Spring Creek, Dodge Creek and West Kootenai.

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