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Agencies work together to house evacuated people, animals

Published On: Aug 20 2013 07:05:50 PM MDT
Residents prepare for evacuation from Lolo Complex Fire

The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office estimates that at least several hundred people have evacuated from their homes near the Lolo Creek Complex Fire. The Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter at Christ the King Church at 1400 Gerald Avenue in Missoula.

Staff tell NBC Montana that several people have been coming through, but only one family stayed overnight on Monday. Lolo Resident Mary Morris told NBC Montana that she, her husband and her young son left after a deputy knocked on their door, and told them how close the fire was getting to their home.

“It’s great, that they have this stuff for people, who don’t have anywhere to go. It’s nice to have that safety, where you can go and be with people,” said Morris.

Missoula County Animal Control is also coordinating the housing of evacuated animals. Dogs, cats and smaller animals can be brought to the Missoula County Animal Shelter at 6700 Butler Creek Road. Folks can call (406) 541-7387, or 911 if it’s after-hours.

Folks looking to keep their evacuated horses and livestock can keep them at the Missoula County Fairgrounds, though they’re advised to call 544-2220 or 241- 1729.