(Helena, Mont.)— Montana Outfitters and Guides Association Members have joined the relief efforts directed to the victims of wildfire in Garfield County by making cash donations to a special foundation for that purpose.
As of this writing, Disaster Emergency Services (DES) reports that the Lodgepole Fire Complex, located 52 miles W/NW of Jordan and 15 miles east of Winnett, has burned more than 200,000 acres and is still not contained. It was started as a lightning strike.
According to on the ground reports as many as five ranches have suffered complete losses. Help is needed now and will continue to be needed in the future.
MOGA members have expressed an interest in helping their fellow Montanans during this time of crisis.
According to Wagner Harmon, MOGA President-Elect, “This is one of the driest years on record and outfitters and landowners are in desperate need of help now and in the future”.
“Many MOGA members are ranchers and farmers as well as outfitters. As members of these communities we have always stood with those in need and. I am asking the MOGA membership, across the state, to stand with the folks of Garfield County in their time of need” said Harmon.
The Garfield County Fire Foundation has been set up to receive cash donations. According to Rex Phipps with the Garfield Bank, 100% of the donations will be applied to fire relief. Distribution of the finds will be overseen by a local committee to ensure the money goes where it is needed most.
To Make a Donation
Please send checks to:
Questions about donating may be directed to Rex Phipps
at the Garfield Bank at (406) 557-2201
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