News Release: Re-entry for Residents from Mile Marker 9 to 11 and Pilot Car Escort on Highway 35

Pablo, MT August 10, 2021 – Beginning at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, August 11, 2021, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is lifting the evacuation stage 3 (“GO”) status for property owners in the fire area along Highway 35 from mile markers 9 to 11. This area remains in stage 2 (“SET”) of “Ready-Set-Go” for wildfire evacuation status.

Additionally, Highway 35 will re-open to local traffic only. The Montana Department of Transportation will escort local traffic through the fire area from mile marker 9 to 11 with pilot cars beginning at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow until 8:00 p.m. each day. The speed limit has been reduced to 35 mph from mile markers 2 to 13.5 to protect firefighters and the public. All residents in the re-entry areas remain in stage 2 (“SET”) evacuation status and should be prepared to evacuate in the event fire activity increases.

 Drivers please be aware of existing hazards when driving through the fire area including suppression and tree felling activities, rolling rocks and debris, smoke, firefighter engines and crew vehicles, aircraft, and utility vehicles. DO NOT STOP in the fire area due to all these hazards. Both Mission Valley Power and Century Link continue to restore power and internet services to the area. Skilled sawyers may also still be conducting hazard tree removal along the highway corridor. Traffic may be held up during these operations. Finally, power could be intermittent as infrastructure repair and replacement work continues.

 All partners working to suppress the Boulder 2700 Fire appreciate the public’s cooperation in adhering to these wildfire and transportation mitigations for public and firefighter safety. For additional information and daily fire updates, please go to the public information sources listed above.

 

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 Best Regards,

Public Information Section

Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4