Pics, fire updates & disappointments

Sunday, July 08, 2012

The Ash Creek fire is all but out. It consumed 250,000 acres, many buildings and animals. No lives were lost.

On Tuesday another fire started on a neighboring ranch to us. It burned lots of our neighbor's lands but none of their buildings. No idea on if/how many animals were lost. It burned over 60,000 acres and is almost out as well.

I do have to say I am VERY disappointed with the national news and national government.
--There wasn't a single blip on the national news (any of them) about these fire, the destruction it caused, or the people fighting it. Nothing. Why? Because Southeast Montana doesn't matter. These fires burned mostly rez land and ranches. People don't realize this is the same as burning somebody's office building except they can't just pick up and move to another rented office. It is their life.
--There was also no support from the national government. I am glad President Obama flew over Colorado when they had their fires, but what about the rural population? Minot, ND flooded last year - a HUGE flood that ruined almost half the town. No response. These fires made the biggest fire in Montana history since 1910 and no response. We may only be 2-3 electoral votes in MT, WY, ND & SD, but we are part of the country, too.

Thank you for everyone for their support on here about these fires. Here are some more pictures...

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    Wonderful and scarey photos. I can't imagine having a house and looking out the window and seeing a fire or smoke coming at the house. I did read about the Colorado fires that when evacuated, there may have been only minutes to grab what you could and go. And many lost personal items that can never be replaced. The firefighters must be exhausted and stretched pretty thin with all the fires they have been dealing with.
    3268 days ago
    Wow - amazing pictures. That amount of devastation is hard to picture, and I can only imagine how scary it was waiting for the fires to get under control
    3268 days ago
    I'm so glad they're almost out. Our 2 main ones are about there too! Yeah, if it doesn't hit a city then it isn't recognized. It sucks!
    3268 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    WOW!!! The pics speak a thousand words!!!
    3269 days ago
    So sad! I for one think we should vote for all elected officials on the popular vote. One vote per person. Maybe that would change some things in our "political arena."

    It is unfair that since Montana is still considered "wilderness" to most people, the fires somehow aren't as important to the rest of the country. I know people that live close to the fires in Colorado and I know a family that recently lost everything they own, plus the majority of their pets to a house fire caused by lightning. Of course, that's only local...but fires are a tragedy in all forms.

    I hope you stay safe and that ALL the fires are out soon!
    3269 days ago
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