17 responses to Wildfire “Wreaks Havoc” On Montana Amish Community; 40 Buildings Lost (Updated)
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    Comment on Praying (September 6th, 2017 at 11:41)


    So sorry to hear about this. This is a tragic loss for the Amish community. I will ask all my family and friends to pray for the Montana Amish. I am so sorry to hear about this loss. This is a lot of buildings and I am sure their community will take quite some time to recover from this loss. God be with them.

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    Tammy Vaughn
    Comment on Praying (September 6th, 2017 at 12:23)


    There is devastation all around. My prayers will be with them. I thank God they are a community who lifts each other up. Jesus is coming soon and we won’t lose anything ever again.

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    Comment on Wreaks Havoc on Montana Amish (September 6th, 2017 at 12:28)

    Wreaks Havoc on Montana Amish

    Support All!

    > SO SORRY, to hear the sad loss of the Amish Community
    in Montana! Montana is a beautiful place too..
    OUR family will be praying….
    > Last year, the Smoky Mts.(Gatlinburg TN) caught on fire also..
    (A National Park! National Treasure) All were effected…
    Nearby are Amish Stores at Sevierville & Pigeon Forge TN..

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    Comment on Fund to help Amish? (September 6th, 2017 at 16:30)

    Fund to help Amish?

    Can you post and/or have them post in the Budget a place where donations can be sent maybe at a bank or Amish Aid?

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      Comment on @paula...Fund to help Amish (September 6th, 2017 at 23:23)

      @paula...Fund to help Amish

      Paula I work for FedEx Ground here in Kalispell and we putting together supplies for the families to take this weekend. I’m not sure if they have a fund set up at the bank yet but I will check into that. Could you possibly email me at my email at diezpack@gmail.com and I will give you my cell phone # and pass on any information I find.
      Thank you and God Bless!

  • Thanks for this update and for posting this sad news. I was aware of the fire threatening the Rexford Amish community, but did not know it had gotten so close and caused the people to evacuate.

    In the Aug. 30 edition of The Budget newspaper last week, the Rexford, Montana, scribe reported that on Aug. 24, “We got a light shower of rain, which didn’t last very long here but hopefully up where the fires are it rained enough to help quench the fires.”
    I’m sure the Rexford scribe will now have reports of the fire reaching their settlement.

    If I read in The Budget of where donations can be sent for the Amish fire victims, I will post it here.

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    Comment on Must be Horrifying (September 6th, 2017 at 18:48)

    Must be Horrifying

    As long as no one is severely injured or killed everything will be alright. Such hard times for some people to overcome these past couple of weeks; now the people of West Kootenai. Of all the places in the US, this is where I would live if I could.

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    Maggie E
    Comment on Prayers (September 6th, 2017 at 19:28)


    So sorry to here about this. I’m so very relieved that no-one was hurt!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. When able, please ask your Bishop how we can help. God be with you all,

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    Comment on Fires in Montana (September 7th, 2017 at 00:06)

    Fires in Montana

    I live in Eureka Montana and am within 1 mile or less from the “Fire Camp” where this reporter was reporting from. I have toured this “Fire Camp” just
    today and am amazed at the efficiency of these setups! They feed 470 firefighters three meals a day. They have showers trailers, portable kitchens, insulated and air conditioned medical tents, etc. Its an amazing setup. I visited and went along delivering groceries to The Amish who are mostly staying in Canadians vacation homes around the Rexford and Eureka areas. The homes and structures that burned are not all Amish, but other locals as well. One family from our church who have 7 children lost EVERYTHING! The Red Cross is providing 3 meals a day for the evacuees that don’t have other options. We are hosting a FULL house of evacuees ourselves. Fires are presently burning east and west of us where we have seen flames shooting possibly several hundred feet high! The billowing smoke has enveloped us the last several days to where we can see only a short distance. It is unbelievable! Pray for the community and the brave firefighters who are laboring day and night to try and keep us all safe! Our son who lives in the Kootenai and is a volunteer firefighter has left the Kootenai only once since the fires. He came out to see his wife and children for a brief time only.

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    So much devastation going on these days. Prayers going up for all. And also for a good rain to stop these fires.

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    Comment on More info on the Caribou Fire (September 7th, 2017 at 09:50)

    More info on the Caribou Fire

    This is from another article dated Sep 5, with details on the fire’s size and estimated containment date. 175 people are fighting the fire:


    —The Caribou fire is in Kootenai National Forest near the Idaho-Canada border, about 18 miles northwest of Eureka, Mont. It is burning 17,089 acres as of September 5, and is 10% contained, according to inciweb.com.

    There is a full evacuation order in effect for West Kootenai, north of Tooley Lake, said the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

    It was started on August 11 by a lightning strike.

    The strategy with this fire is half containment and half suppression, with incident commanders Shawn Pearson and Bob Habeck in charge.

    There are 175 total personnel battling this blaze, according to inciweb.

    They are estimating the containment date to be October 30 for the Caribou fire.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Act of God, Mother Nature (September 8th, 2017 at 13:45)

    Act of God, Mother Nature

    No matter how smart (rich, intelligent, savvy, “connected”) we feel we are, all it takes is an act of God/Mother Nature to put us in our proper place! The lightning strike, the hurricanes, Mexico earthquake, etc., should give us all pause as to who/what is REALLY in charge. We need to feel humbled enough to know that there, but for the grace of God, go WE. I hope we can all help somehow, as much as we possibly can. Prayer and positive thoughts go out to all affected by ALL these horrifying events. We’re only human, after all!

    Alice Mary

  • A benefit auction has raised around $44,000 for the fire victims:


    “I know there were people there who really couldn’t afford to help, but they were there anyway. That’s what they do here in this community,” said Lincoln County High School principal Joel Graves. “Our community of Eureka and the surrounding area always steps up when people are in need. It’s an amazing place to live.”

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