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Eureka community, American Red Cross open shelter in response to wildfire

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The American Red Cross of Montana and the Eureka community have opened a shelter at the First Church of God, 1295 2nd Ave. E. in Eureka, in response to a wildfire sparked by lightning in the Kootenai National Forest on Monday night.

The fire has burned more than 500 acres of timber along Gibraltar Ridge east of Eureka.

At least 30 homes were evacuated Monday night.

There is a dog park near the shelter for clients’ dogs, and the shelter have a list of people volunteering to help haul livestock to safe areas  if evacuees request that assistance. The local fairgrounds is also open to accommodate animals. staff

All evacuees are welcome at the shelter, and all Red Cross services are free.

For those in the area who have not yet received the order to evacuate, here is what you can do to prepare:

  • Download our free Wildfire app at 
  • Gather your family or household members and delegate responsibilities.
  • Assemble an emergency kit to take with you when you evacuate. For a detailed list of items to include visit
  • Prepare an information kit with important documents like medical, banking, and insurance records.
  • Save a list of emergency numbers on every cellphone.
  • Plan ahead for your pets and livestock. Ask local officials where you can bring them.
  • Identify a place to meet in case you are separated.
  • Plan and practice several evacuation routes from your neighborhood.

If an evacuation is imminent:

  • Tune in to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information.
  • Limit exposure to smoke and dust. Keep indoor air clean by closing (but not locking) windows and doors. Close curtains, shutters, and blinds. Use the recycle mode on your air conditioner.
  • Turn on exterior lights.
  • Remove flammable items from decks and porches.
  • Open gates for animals that cannot be evacuated.
  • Connect a hose to an outside spigot, mark any water sources on your property, and leave a ladder for firefighters.
  • Put your emergency kit in your car. Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape, with windows closed and keys in the ignition.
  • Put your best driver at the wheel. Turn on lights, drive slowly and watch out for emergency vehicles.

Evacuate as soon as the order is given. Don’t delay.                                                     


You can help people affected by disasters like wildfires, as well as countless other crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, and other emergency assistance in response to disasters. Go to or call 1-800-272-6668 Contributions may also be sent to American Red Cross of Montana.  1300 28th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405


Train as a Red Cross volunteer to be ready to help during a major disaster right here in Montana. Go to and click on “Volunteer” to start your application. 

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