Several structures lost near West Kootenai, Caribou Fire doubles in size


MISSOULA, Mont. - Information officers with the Caribou Fire have confirmed that were no fatalities reported, the Amish Community is OK. It is confirmed it burned through several structures near West Kootenai in Lincoln County.

The fire doubled in size since Saturday morning, now burning nearly 14,000 acres.

Fire information officers say it's unknown how many buildings are lost at this time. Today, Lincoln County Sheriff's officers are assessing the West Kootenai area where structures burned and notifying property owners. Meanwhile, other crews are trying to protect more structures from burning.

Saturday evening, an incident commander on the fire told NBC Montana that conditions were extreme. He says the mandatory evacuation orders affected an Amish community, with non-traditional communication. That made it difficult to reach residents in a timely manner.

The areas under mandatory evacuation are the West Kootenai North and South zones. This order affects the communities of Dodge Creek, Spring Creek, and West Kootenai.

The Red Cross has emergency services set up at the First Church of God in Eureka. It's located at 1295 Second Ave. behind the First Interstate Bank.

Stay with NBC Montana as we wait for updated information.

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