Named the most dangerous fire in Montana history, as of last night, over 157-thousand acres have been burned in the Ash Creek Fire on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation near Ashland and Lame Deer, Montana. Hot, dry, and windy conditions continue to make this an extremely dangerous fire as it is rapidly moving to the north and east. Sheridan Media's Judy Hagerott hopped a bus bringing in supplies to Ashland and brings us this story.
It was a clear, hot Saturday, but dropping down into Ashland, one could start smelling smoke and then then came the blackened landscape. Most everything burned to the ground, in all directions. Complete devastation.
The lightening started, Ash Creek fire began last Tuesday, on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana and now has spread over 157,000 acres and continues to grow. I visited with Tribal Council Representative Donna Fisher and she tells us what makes this fire so dangerous.
Shifting winds are causing havoc in firefighting efforts which have cost over one and a half million dollars already. Five hundred fire fighting personel are on the scene, but Fisher continues to worry about Ashland, where she has lived all her life.
They had to evacuate and there was no time to pack.
Sixteen homes destroyed, 22 other building burned, livestock lost, Fisher is thankful no one has died.
The scary part...Fisher says no one came to warn them to evacuate.
They left Ashland and stayed at the Boys and Girls Club twenty miles away in Lame Deer.
They have returned to Ashland where the Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter. Food and water are being brought in. Temporary homes are on their way. Beds and bedding will be needed. Kitchen items, towels, bathroom supplies, pots and pans, anything needed to set up a new home will be needed.