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Report of a false fire in Lakeside

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According to the Somers/Lakeside Facebook page on August 3rd Somers/Lakeside Fire Department responded to a wild lane fire call in the area of Bierney Creek and Bear Mountain Rd.  Firefighter Mathew Borandelli tells us the department arrived but they could not locate any fires.  When dispatchers called the reporting party back the person hung up several times and apparently was intoxicated.  It was later determined that this call was a false report, and there was no fire.

Borandelli explains, “We're stretched pretty thin with the number of volunteers we have and not only that but it calls in other resources from other agencies such as DNRC, Montana Highway Patrol trooper showed up last night a couple of sheriff deputies.”

This call unnecessarily tied up the Flathead County 911 dispatchers, 1 engine and 1 tender from Lakeside, 1 engine from Somers, MHP, FCSO and 2 DNRC engines.  These emergency responders would not have been able to respond to other emergencies because they were tied up. 

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry tells why false reports at the height of fire season are particularly dangerous.  

Sheriff Curry says, “We're very much on edge everybody is responding with everything they've got just so we don't wind up in the same situation as surrounding counties are in right now.”

Photo courtesy of Somers/Lakeside Fire Department

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