HAMILTON, Mont. -

Greg Denitto, Sawtooth Public Information Officer, says cooler weather and less wind forecast should be good news for firefighters.

No structures were lost, communication towers and Grubstake Bed and Breakfast weathered the fire, although fire did come close to the Grubstake.

So far, the Sawtooth Fire has injured three people and cost 1.8 million dollars.

Sawtooth Fire managers and Ravalli County law enforcement and fire officials still have a Stage 2 Evacuation Notice for certain areas.

About 400 homes are being or have been evacuated in the Hamilton area for the growing blaze. The Sawtooth blaze is now burning at nearly 4000 acres between 3 and 4 miles from Hamilton with 5 percent containment.

Kalispell and Polson fire departments responded to the fire for structure protection Monday night.

Authorities informed residents west of Westside Road, south of Paradise Trail and Blodgett Camp Road, and north of North Gold Creek Loop to leave their homes Monday afternoon.

Sheriffs dept. allowed residents at least on the north end of the fire in to check their homes.

An evacuation center is open at the First Baptist Church, 354 Cooper Ln in Hamilton. You can call the Red Cross of Montana at 1-800-ARC-MONT for more information. Red Cross said thaey had about 3 people stay the night at the church.

Most people found space with family or friends, or at hotels.
Nick Spencer spent the night with his family in a motel. Elizabeth Kehmeier stayed with her son in Hamilton, she left the home she has lived in for 40 years. Pat Murphy and her husband decided to stay and make sure their house was safe. They felt fairly safe in making that decision.

Denitto says there could be opportunity to do some line construction today, and maybe some direct attacks in the next few days.

Guy Peterson from Wisdom brought his heavy equipment if needed.

High winds pushed the fire eastward and across some fire lines, but crews with heavy equipment and helicopters fought back against the blaze and so far no structures have been burned.  The fire is located south of the "H" on the mountain west of Hamilton.

The fire moved northward Monday night.  Crews planned an infrared flight to aid in detecting heat from the fire, perimeter and any spot fires that are undetected.

The development director at the Bitterroot Humane Association in Hamilton wrote us and said they are prepared to take in small companion animals during the evacuations. She says staff members will be at the shelter by 8 this morning. If you have livestock that is threatened, folks at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds say they have space.

The following is a description Stage 2 Evacuation notice is from Ravalli County:

A stage 2 evacuation notice remains in place for the following area:

All residential and commercial properties West of Westside Road; South of Paradise Trail and Blodgett Camp Road; and North of North Gold Creek Loop. The Ravalli County Emergency Operations Center has a public information phone number that interested parties may call at Ravalli County EOC 406-375-6650. The American Red Cross has established an evacuation center located at the First Baptist Church, 354 Cooper Lane, in Hamilton. That is 3 blocks east of Murdoch's on the south side of town. The phone number for the sheltering and evacuation center information is 406-363-3735. Persons who have been evacuated are asked to check in at the center and sign a registry, even if they do not plan to remain at the shelter.

An information trailer on Highway 93 at Roaring Lion Road will be staffed from noon until 7 pm each day.

Closures: Sawtooth Creek Trail #123, Roaring Lion Trail #124, and Canyon Creek Trail #525, and Blodgett camp ground are closed due to fire activity.

American Red Cross has opened a shelter for wildfire evacuees, click here for more information.