Evacuation Warnings and Orders - What They Mean

SEELEY LAKE – There has been a lot of press about evacuation warnings, orders and recommendations to leave the Seeley Lake area. Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Captain Anthony Rio said the only reason the Sheriff’s Office will issue an evacuation order is if a fire is an eminent threat to public safety. Other issues such as air quality, while health officials recommend leaving the area, do not warrant a forced evacuation.

An evacuation warning means the fire is in the area. Based on the observed fire behavior and fuel conditions between the fire and a community, there is the possibility that...


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