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2017 Montana Wildfire Aid Resources

Last Updated: September 7, 2017

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So far this year, more than 1,500 fires have burned 937 square miles in Montana. They've burned through homes and ranches and forced evacuations across Montana. The fires have already drained the state's firefighting reserve fund and an emergency fund, and there is no end in sight for the hot, dry weather that the fires are feeding on. Several relief organizations are accepting donations to help Montanans displaced by the fires and smoke. Cash is the best donation, but check with the local community to find out what else might be needed. Here's how you can help: 

Resources are listed by fire, general resources are at the bottom of the page. 


 

Alice Creek - Lincoln 


  •  A Red Cross shelter is on standby at Wolf Creek Elementary School, 150 Walsh St. Area residents who need assistance are encouraged to contact Red Cross at 1-800-272-6668. 
  • Valley Veterinary Hospital at 4880 North Montana Ave. in Helena is taking in animals displaced by area fires. Anyone wanting to shelter an animal should call first, 442-0188. 
 

  

East Fork – Havre/Rocky Boy 


  • The Bear Paw Volunteer Fire Department has created a donation button on its Facebook page and says: "For those that wish to donate money, please click the blue "Donate" button on this page through PayPal. Donations can also be taken to Independence Bank, or to Ezzies for fuel. BPVFD thanks you for your generosity in this time of need." 
  • The Blaine County Health Department posted the following information: "For those wishing to donate items to the fire response please contact Tess Langford or Roxanne Townsend. These community members have agreed to stay in contact and will help coordinate these efforts. Thank you." 
  • There are also donation drop sites at the Havre Fire Department (520 4th Street) at any time, and at HRDC (Monday through Friday 8am-5pm, 2229 5th Avenue). 
  • Cash donations can be made at Independence Bank and checks must be made out to East Fork Fire.
  • If you have resources available that could assist, the Hill County Emergency Operations Center says you can call 406-265-5481 ext. 467, or click this link and enter your information.  
 

Source: krtv.com 

  

Lodge Pole Complex – Garfield County 


 
  • Checks can be made to Garfield County Fire Foundation c/o Garfield County Bank PO Box 6, Jordan, MT 59337 (406-557-2201) or send to Circle c/o Redwater Valley Bank, PO Box 60, Circle, MT 59215 (406-485-4782). 
  •  Stockman Bank accepting donations at all locations  

  

Lolo Peak – Bitter Root 


 
  •  United Way of Missoula County  

Want to donate to the Lolo Peak fires? Give via United Way’s secure website:  http://www.missoulaunitedway.org/lolopeakfire 

For more information, call Susan Hay Patrick, CEO, United Way of Missoula County, at 406.549.6104 

At the request of Missoula County, United Way of Missoula County has established two emergency funds to provide assistance to people affected by the fires in our areas.  We are absorbing the administrative costs of the funds, so that 100% of all donations benefit those affected by the fires. 

We're working with 2-1-1, the Human Resource Council's information and referral hotline, to screen requests and refer them to a distribution committee that includes the Missoula County sheriff, a firefighter volunteer, residents of  the affected areas, local business people, and United Way staff with grantmaking expertise.   

The process includes meeting with those seeking help, verifying needs, and determining the availability and timing of any other forms of help available (such as insurance).  We also participate in a daily call with other disaster-responders, coordinated by the Missoula County Office of Emergency Management, to keep abreast of verified needs. 

Additionally, we seek referrals from other entities, like the Red Cross, local churches, businesses and schools. 

All help-seekers must demonstrate reasonably that they have been affected by the fires and that their needs are tied directly to them. 

  • Missoula-based Bear Trust International is about $3,000 away from its goal of raising about $8,200 to place air filters in all 32 Frenchtown classrooms. A press release says the need is acute because there is no air conditioning in Frenchtown schools, so teachers have to open windows to moderate temperatures. Bear Trust International says it's buying filters for the schools that are designed to removed the PM 2.5 particulates are are in wildfire smoke and a health concern. The filters also remove volatile organic compounds in smoke. The organization says the filter manufacturer is offering them a reduced price since they're for classrooms. Bear Trust says the filters could be in place as early as next week. 

    The Trust's press release says, "This is a time of crisis and we want to do everything we can to help those in need." 
  • Florence Civic Club (You may donate at any Farmers State Bank and Florence Ace Hardware. Any questions, call Ann at 273-4333) 

 

Rice Ridge – Seeley/Swan


 

United Way of Missoula County has established two emergency funds to provide assistance to people affected by the fires in our areas.  They are absorbing the administrative costs of the funds, so that 100% of all donations benefit those affected by the fires. 

We're working with 2-1-1, the Human Resource Council's information and referral hotline, to screen requests and refer them to a distribution committee that includes the Missoula County sheriff, a firefighter volunteer, residents of the affected areas, local business people, and United Way staff with grantmaking expertise.  

The process includes meeting with those seeking help, verifying needs, and determining the availability and timing of any other forms of help available (such as insurance).  We also participate in a daily call with other disaster-responders, coordinated by the Missoula County Office of Emergency Management, to keep abreast of verified needs. 

Additionally, we seek referrals from other entities, like the Red Cross, local churches, businesses and schools. 

All help-seekers must demonstrate reasonably that they have been affected by the fires and that their needs are tied directly to them. 

 

 

General relief 


 
  •  The Yellowstone Conference of the United Methodist Church has a Disaster Relief Fund ready to assist affected local communities. To give to this fund, go to www.yacumc.org/donate. There is a drop-down menu to specify your donation to "Yellowstone Conference Disaster Relief." No administrative fees are assigned, so 100% of donation goes toward relief.  

 

We have established the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund here at MCF to support those affected by the wildfires. Not only will this fund help those in need this fire season, it will be an efficient and effective source of funding for future disasters Montana may face. AND, the Montana Television Network has generously offered to match donations up to $50,000 for this fund!