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Evacuations Ordered For Lodgepole Complex Fire NW Of Jordan


As of 8 p.m. Friday, July 21, evacuations have been ordered for residents in the entire area north of Highway 200 from the Petroleum County Line and West of Edwards Road, due to the threat from the Lodgepole Complex fires. 

The evacuation area includes: Big Bart Coulee, Haley Coulee, Benzien School Area, Benzien Road all the way to Steve Forks Road, and Battle Coulee Area.

The Red Cross has set up an evacuation shelter at the VFW Hall in Jordan. 

A 5 p.m. meeting for the Lodgepole Complex, burning 52 miles NW of Jordan, is at the VFW Hall in Jordan, tonight (7/22). 

The section of Highway 200 between Jordan in Garfield County and Winnett in Petroleum County  is temporarily closed because of increased fire activity. 

More information can be found on Inciweb.

Corin Cates-Carney is the news director at Montana Public Radio. He joined MTPR in 2015 and is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism.
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