COLUMBIA FALLS-Fire crews have their hands full with a large wildfire burning in Columbia Falls.
It broke out on land behind the Balsam Valley Amphitheater near Route 1. The Worcester Wreath Company released a statement saying about 20 acres of their land has gone up in flames. Forest Rangers and other fire crews are on scene and expect to be there into the evening. The Worcester family has also released a statement saying “Most important, all of our employees, family and the dozens of local volunteers and community members who have come to our aid, are safe. Volunteers are working hard to contain the flames. None of the affected area is designated for this years harvest for Wreaths Across America and the fire is a safe distance from the acres of remembrance trees that are tagged with the names of fallen veterans.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to all the volunteers and first responders putting themselves in harms way. This land and trees serve a greater mission that we know so many care deeply”.
Our crew on the scene tells us authorities are now closing Route 1 because the flames are moving close. The Forest Service has 2 helicopters in the air, fighting the fire from above.