Flathead National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
650 Wolfpack Way Kalispell Montana 59901
Kalispell, MT 59901
For Public Release - EVACUATION WARNING
Flathead County Office of Emergency Services
Sheriff Curry has issued an EVACUATION WARNING to a small number of residents near Essex. This warning has been issued due to the possibility of the Paola Ridge Fire extending close to or into this small community. Sheriff Deputies are notifying affected residents directly.
This warning is based on the recommendation of the Incident Command and fire experts involved with the Paola Ridge Fire. Specific area under this evacuation warning is from mile marker 176 to mile marker 179, including Branch Rd, Bugling Elk Trail, Dickey Creek Loop, Eagle Haunts Run, and Lazy Moose Trail. (See attached map)
Citizens are advised to avoid this area, and allow the firefighters to operate safely. Hwy 2 remains open, but citizens are advised to reduce speed throughout the area as smoke and emergency vehicles are in the area.
Updates to this information can be found at the Flathead County Office of Emergency Services Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/FlatheadOES