Community rallies to help Denton fire victims


LEWISTOWN – Food donations were accepted Thursday at the 4H Food Booth in Lewistown to support those affected by the devastating Denton wildfire.

Wednesday December 1, Denton was evacuated after a rapid forest fire swept through the city. Although no serious injuries were reported, the fire destroyed or damaged many structures, including grain elevators and a bridge.


The Fergus County DES posted on Facebook: “Extreme winds set the town of Denton on fire. The wind not only spread the blaze, but it also spread ash, embers, smoke and debris throughout the city. Localized fires broke out between homes, vehicles and other buildings. which has pushed resources beyond their limits. Travel and visibility were very difficult. The weather conditions also precluded aircraft support, compounding the problem. “

A donation campaign was quickly launched as 4H program assistant Jennifer Saunders, working with Fergus County Emergency and Disaster Services, coordinated the food donation efforts.

West wind light perimeter

West wind light perimeter

She said: “We have organized meals for those who were evacuated to the Civic Center in Lewistown. We will continue to feed firefighters and lost families. We hope the fire is out, but it will take a lot of support for a good period of time. “

Here are other ways to help:

  • 406 Gives: Monetary donations are now accepted for the West Wind / Denton Fire. ALL proceeds will go to support firefighting efforts and the takeover of local homes, businesses and ranches. If you wish to donate in cash or by check, you can leave your donation at Stockman Bank or by mail at Montana Winter Fair, PO Box 931, Lewistown, MT 59457. Checks should be made payable to Montana Winter Fair with West Wind / Denton Fire at the memo area. Please do not send cash. Click here if you want to donate.
  • Alicia Rutz has created a GoFundMe. He says, “A big fire is ravaging this beautiful community and it is still not under control, many homes and businesses have been lost and we need your help. It all adds up, so any amount you’re willing to give will make a difference. Let’s come together as a state and show Denton we’re here! ” Click here if you want to donate.
  • Opportunity Bank of Montana created the Denton Fire Relief Fund with an initial deposit of $ 2,500 and an additional $ 5,000 in matching donations to benefit victims and evacuees. Checks can be made payable to Denton Fire Relief Fund and sent to the bank at PO Box 1047, Denton, MT, or accepted at any branch of Opportunity Bank statewide. The funds will be distributed through non-profit organizations directly to victims in immediate need.
  • The Montana Winter Fair website has information on monetary and other donations – Click here for more details.

The Fergus County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday released a list of destroyed properties in Denton; a more in-depth assessment will be available at a later date.

  • 1210 Buena Vista
  • 600 main street 700 Lehman
  • 610 Main Street 701 Lehman
  • 612 Main Street 702 Lehman
  • 616 Main Street 703 Lehman
  • 618 Main Street 706 Lehman
  • 716 Main Street 710 Lehman
  • 804 Lehman 815 Lehman
  • 819 Lehman 910 Lehman
  • 305, avenue du chemin de fer 505 avenue du chemin de fer
  • 205 Keirstad 207 Keirstad
  • 209 Keirstad 211 Keirstad
  • 201 Ketchner 505 Ketchner

If you have been misplaced due to the loss of your home, you are encouraged to call the American Red Cross at 1-800-272-6668 or visit the Civic Center 309 5th Avenue South in Lewistown. You can also call the Salvation Army at 406-366-2982 or 206-280-9787.

Fire victims assess damage in Denton


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