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Johnson's Ridge Fire
Great Falls Staging, September, 1998
Fire "incident" alludes WIMT;
team members make the best of it
Great Falls, Mont.- When the Washington
Incident Management Team was dispatched Saturday, September
5 to the Lewis & Clark National Forest, most team members
thought they were heading out to one of the worst fires of
the '98 season in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Instead, the team, which is under the direction
of incident commander Dave Johnson of the Olympic National
Forest in Western Washington, drove past the raging fires
near Missoula and ended up in the O'Haire Motel overlooking
the Missouri River "breaks country" that surrounds
great Falls, Mont. The team was being staged until it was
assigned by Regional fire managers to a fire incident.
Team members immediately made the best of their
situation by visiting local landmarks such as the famous Missouri
River Falls where Meriwether Lewis stood pointing toward the
Rockies. There, Johnson also pointed toward the Rockies and
gave his staff strong direction to head that way toward the
Shortly after arriving the team began managing
the staging and assignment of fire crews and other fire personnel
from Montana (team picture, left).
1998 WIMT stages fire crews, including
this one (below) from the Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana.