The Central Valley Fire District is in need of a new building and is hoping that a levy will be the answer to the current building’s woes.
In a tour of the Fire Station on West Main Street this week, Chief Ron Lindroth talked about the concerns with the current building, which was first built 60 years ago.
An examination of the building’s façade shows cracks at the bottom of the cinderblock foundation, indicating trouble.
“When it deteriorates at the bottom, you literally have to pull the whole wall to repair it,” said Lindroth.
Cracks up the walls of the outside of the building are a surefire sign that the building would not withstand an earthquake. While most earthquakes in Montana are felt north of Helena, that doesn’t calm fears.
“If we had any sizeable earthquake, this facility would crumble,” Lindroth said, “And we don’t want emergency services to be out of service when we have an earthquake.”
Residents reported a fire at Rick Anderson Snow Jobs and Dirt, located on 700 block of West Center Street, early this morning in Kalispell.
Viewers started sending in images at about 2:15 a.m. of a large fire at the snowmobile and motorcycle repair shop.
According to Dave Dedman with the Kalispell Fire Department, this was not a structure fire, but a fire that involved various motorcycles and snowmobiles outside of the business.
Investigators are currently on scene. Part-owner Dawn Brelje told us it is estimated to be about $50,000 worth of damages. The burnt vehicles are a mix of their own and customers.
Another resident says it sounded like gunfire at first, but then turned out to be explosions.
Residents say emergency crews were on the scene.
We are working to get more details from emergency officials.
The following press release was sent out by the Bitterroot National Forest:
The Darby/Sula Ranger District is planning, weather permitting, to implement spring prescribed burning projects beginning this week. Fire crews are planning on conducting a 200-acre prescribed burn tomorrow east of Sula.
The burn is scheduled to start around 1:00 p.m. up the East Fork, north of East Fork Road and west of Guide Creek. Fire crews from the Darby/Sula, West Fork, and Stevensville Ranger Districts along with Trapper Creek Job Corps are participating in the burn along with several engines. Smoke will likely be visible from East Fork Road.
Tomorrow’s burn is one of several prescribed fire projects planned this spring on the forest totaling approximately 2,500 acres. Over the next several weeks, fire crews will be conducting low intensity, understory burns to reduce hazardous fuels and the risk of tree mortality from an unplanned, or catastrophic wildfire or competition from undesirable species. Treatment areas include:
The man who allegedly set fire to a van in the Sip N’ Dip parking garage last year signed a deal with prosecutors earlier this month to plead guilty to arson and theft.
Jeremy Allen Porter was charged in March 2017 with felony arson and theft. On April 2, Porter signed a plea deal in which he agrees to plead guilty to one count of arson and theft. Cascade County prosecutors agreed to drop a second arson charge.
For the felony arson charge, prosecutors recommended 20-year prison sentence with 15 suspended. The felony theft sentence recommendation comes with five years in Montana State Prison that will run concurrently with the arson charge.
In March 2017, Porter reportedly attempted to catch a van on fire while inside the O’Haire Motor Inn in downtown Great Falls. Additionally, Porter had taken multiple boxes that were valued at over $2,000 each, according to court documents. The boxes however, were not burned with the vehicle. Porter and the boxes were found at the Alberta Motel, but the contents were not disclosed, police said.
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Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order on Wednesday declaring a state of emergency due to flooding in seven counties, on the Fort Belknap Indian reservation, and in the town of Chester.
The executive order has been issued for the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, the town of Chester, and Pondera, Hill, Blaine, Valley, Toole, Liberty, and Petroleum Counties.
Bullock said in a press release: “As Montanans are faced with flooding, we are doing everything necessary at the state level to protect health and safety, and to preserve lives, property, and resources. We continue to keep in close communication with local and tribal officials as we monitor conditions around the state.”
Rapid snowmelt and flooding have impacted the Milk River Basin and Marias River Basin with the potential to cause widespread damage to farmland, private residences, and critical infrastructure.