Posted: Jul 17, 2013 9:12 AM by Jacqueline Quynh - MTN News
SUPERIOR - Superior is located in what is known as "fire country," but when evacuations are ordered, it can still catch some people off guard, especially those with pets.
Mandatory evacuations were still underway for people living near the fire along Mullan Road on Tuesday, and while people are finding shelter thanks to the Montana Red Cross, some volunteers are still working to find a place for pets and livestock to stay.
"Being pregnant, sleeping on an uncomfortable cot like that and being kicked out your only place to live, it's kinda stressful," resident Malisa Fuller said.
She was evacuated from her home near Mullan Road on Monday night. Fuller says she was prepared to leave and took what she needed with her. But she tells us some neighbors had to leave behind their pets.
"Certainly if you're evacuating people from their homes, by all means you don't want to leave the animals to be harmed," explained Nancy Guerrero with the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team that's leading the fight against the 1,800-acre blaze.
Guerrero added that residents with pets and livestock need plan ahead in case they're evacuated. She added that volunteers are also working to help animal owners that need assistance.
"There are various folks around this area that have additional stalls for additional horses and livestock," Guerrero said.
Volunteers have opened up stalls at the Superior Fairgrounds for horses, as well as for some small livestock, until the space there runs out.
Meanwhile, residents with pets or livestock should prepare some food or feed in case an evacuation is ordered.
Superior residents can call (406) 242-0240 to find out more about finding a place for pets or livestock while the West Mullan Fire burns.