Bigfoot helps raise money for Montana firefighters

THREE FORKS - On Saturday, a fundraiser for firefighters featured a celebrity guest: Bigfoot.

The Friends of Firefighters group put on the Inaugural Bigfoot Hunt at the Headwaters Ranch to raise money for the Clarkston Volunteer Fire Department. 

The event included food, drinks, a silent auction and a Bigfoot Hunt. There was a "Baby" Bigfoot hunt for younger kids followed by the adult and older kids' hunt. All proceeds from the event will help the Clarkston firefighters buy a new truck and handheld radios. 

After battling the Horseshoe Fire, the volunteer department realized much of their equipment is out of date. "This has been a tough couple of weeks. Probably one of the biggest fires we've had in the 17 years this department has been here," said Clarkston firefighter Chris Rasmussen.

Event organizer Launi Stocks said, "They get up in the middle of the night when they get pages. It's amazing because they don't have to do this. They volunteer and they go risk their lives."

Stocks said the event was able to raise over $15,000 for the department. She also added they hope to expand this event next year to include other departments to raise more money. 

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