Evacuee Stories
2:20 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Evacuees share stories – and lessons – from the Lolo Creek fire

Five homes have been lost in the Lolo Creek Complex fire but hundreds more were saved when firefighters managed to stop the fire's progress along Highway 12 and eastward toward Sleeman Gulch.

Sleeman Gulch residents (l to r): Mark Johnson, Sally Cummins, Kirk Derby, Rob McDonough, Christine Wren, Karna Sundby, Ken Olsen
Sleeman Gulch residents (l to r): Mark Johnson, Sally Cummins, Kirk Derby, Rob McDonough, Christine Wren, Karna Sundby, Ken Olsen
Credit Sally Mauk

    News Director Sally Mauk first spoke with Sleeman residents a week ago, when they were on pre-evacuation notice. Later that evening they got word the fire was headed their way and it was time to get out. On Saturday the danger had passed and they returned to find their homes still standing.

Bulldozed fire line in upper Sleeman Gulch
Bulldozed fire line in upper Sleeman Gulch
Credit Sally Mauk

Sally went back to Sleeman Gulch today, exactly one week from the fire's blowup, to have coffee with the residents of north Sleeman Gulch, and hear their stories of this harrowing week. The voices you hear are Mark Johnson, Sally Cummins, Kirk Derby, Rob McDonough, Christine Wren, Karna Sundby and Ken Olsen...