Local dentist Peter Schmieding was sitting in the airport preparing to fly to his ailing father’s bedside when flames began spreading toward his home. The devastating lightningsparked Bridger Foothills Fire had started. Life suddenly became chaos, and his wife and daughters were mobilized – tasked with gathering belongings and pets.
So far so good for the Porcupine elk herd that garnered concern from wildlife officials. Six hundred fifty acres of the herd’s winter habitat went up in flames in a late season wildland fire.
The Bridger Foothills Fire that kicked-off Friday afternoon is zero percent contained as of today. The cause remains a mystery and is under investigation, Corey Lewellen, Custer Gallatin National Forest Bozeman District Ranger said during the virtual public meeting held this afternoon.
Smoke inhalation caused Dustin Long to speak with a gravelly voice nearly three days after the house fire where he and his family lived at 2510 Curley Bear Rd. He said he does not want to focus on the near-miss for his family this last Saturday.