UPDATED: Homes burn as Elmo 2 fire bears down on Lake Mary Ronan

Joshua Murdock

At least four homes have been lost to the Elmo 2 fire on the west side of Flathead Lake near Elmo and Dayton as of Wednesday morning. 

The fire was very active on its north end, just south of Lake Mary Ronan on Wednesday, according to the incident management team coordinating firefighting efforts. There is “high potential for the fire to reach the lake by this evening.” 

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reiterated that anyone in an evacuation zone should leave immediately because the fire could burn over Lake Mary Ronan Road and trap residents who elected to remain along the road or around the lake. Lake County Sheriff Don Bell told the Missoulian in a text message that approximately 150 homes were under an evacuation order midday Wednesday.  

Bell expanded evacuation orders on the fire’s northeast front around 4 p.m. Tuesday as gusty winds from the west pushed the fire toward Lake Mary Ronan Road and Lake Mary Ronan, northwest of Dayton. An existing evacuation order for homes south of the road remains in place. The entire Lake Mary Ronan Road corridor from U.S. Highway 93 to the lake, and area around the lake, are now under

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