Due to the Roaring Lion fire burning southwest of Hamilton, the east side of Westside Road from Roaring Lion to Westbridge road and both sides of Wyant and Nighthawk lanes have been added to the Stage 2 evacuation area, according to the Ravalli County Sheriff's Office. No one will be allowed into the Stage 2 evacuation area due to expected fire behavior.

The fire also has forced the temporary closure of the Bitterroot River from Wally Crawford fishing access site to Angler's Roost, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced.

The section of river will remain closed until further notice, although the closure should last for at least 24-48 hours, according to FWP. Helicopters may use the stretch of river to dip water to fight the fire.

For up-to-date information on this closure and restrictions related to drought and fire, visit fwp.mt.gov/news/restrictions/ or call the FWP office in Missoula at 406-542-5500.

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