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Montana Wildfires Burned Homes Causing Many to Submit Insurance Claims

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

Wildfires in Montana threatened hundreds of homes, caused injuries and burned many homes and structures. Several large fires burned in Montana including one fire south of Ashland called the Rough Fire, two in Gallatin Canyon, one on the northeast front of the Beartooth Mountain near Roscoe, one in Paradise Valley known as the Pine Creek Fire, one in the Butte area called the 19 Mile Fire, and another wildfire called the Millie Fire.

Homes and Structures Burned include:

  • In the Butte area, two homes burned and seven other structures burned in the 19 Mile Fire that has burned over 6 square miles.
  • In the Pine Creek Fire, at least five homes and several structures burned.
  • South of Bozeman, the Millie Fire threatened 20 commercial buildings and six homes and burned over 15 square miles.
  • The Rough Fire south of Ashland grew in strength and threatened homes in the area.

Unfortunately, wind gusts continued to pick up, with winds up to 40 mph, causing more homes and structures to be threatened. In addition to the erratic winds, high temperatures also made these fires more difficult to fight.

Montana wasn’t unique in this; wildfires were burning in California, Idaho and Wyoming. The Goff Fire in California threatened over 80 homes in northwest Siskiyou County, and over 64 homes were threatened in Mendocino County by the North Pass Fire.

The toll from all of these latest wildfires is uncertain as information is still trickling in. Sadly, we do know that many wildfire insurance claims are being submitted because many homes and structures were burned in the many western wildfires. 

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