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By Andi Bourne

Untold Stories of the Jocko Lakes Fire

Part 1 of 4 - 10 Years Remembered


August 3, 2017

DNRC personnel

The Jocko Lakes Fire came to life Aug. 3, 2007. The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Division of Fire responded within 30 minutes of the call at 3 p.m. at the fire was already estimated to be 80 acres.

SEELEY LAKE – On the night of July 18, 2007, firefighters watched as a group of trees burst into flames. The torching trees looked like candles on a birthday cake, at first burning strong only to waver and go out.

Two separate fires were identified and pinpointed on the ridge just south of Upper Jocko Lake in steep, rugged ground.

Severe thunderstorms that day had put down more than 1,500 lightning strikes on the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal lands (CSKT) resulting in eight fires that the CSKT Division of Fire suppressed. For two weeks, the CSKT sent firefighters to check th...

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