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Seeking Justice for the River Road East Fire: How AVA Law Can Help

if the River Road East Fire has impacted you, we're here to help guide you through the aftermath, ensuring you receive the justice and support you deserve.

Paradise Fire

The Devastating Impact on a Community

If the River Road East Fire has impacted you or a loved one, please contact AVA Law Group and let us help you seek the justice you deserve.
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valley press/ mineral independent

September 20, 2023

Billings law firm seeks answer to how River Road East Fire started
Billings firm AVA Law Group organized an informal meeting last week in Paradise to discuss the impacts of this summer's River Road East Fire.

the sanders county ledger

September 21, 2023

Law office looks to represent fire victims
The AVA law group from Billings held a special meeting at the Paradise Center on Thursday, September 14. 

Seeking Justice for the River Road East Fire

How AVA Law Can Help

On August 18, 2023, a wildfire now known as the River Road East Fire (named for its ignition location near where the road of that name crosses the tracks) ignited near the railroad tracks close to the Clark Fork River. This blaze didn't remain contained, quickly threatening not just Paradise but also the encompassing Sanders County.
By September 4, this fierce inferno, positioned approximately six miles southeast of Plains, had consumed a shocking 17,310 acres. The Montana Red Cross promptly established a refuge shelter in Plains, and Northern Rockies Complex Incident Management Team 1 took charge of battling the flames.


The fire's acceleration was swift. Even in its initial stages, it covered a vast 13,414 acres, remaining wholly uncontained. Officials said at a fire information meeting that the blaze scorched 12,000 acres in less than 12 hours. However, by the early days of September, containment efforts brought this number up to 17,310 acres burned and 54% contained.
River Road East Fire on  August 18, 2023. Image courtesy of InciWeb.

possible cause and damages

A concerning aspect of the River Road East Fire centers around its suspected origin. Preliminary theories, albeit unconfirmed, suggest sparks from a passing train could have been the catalyst. Given Montana's recent hot weather and the absence of significant rainfall, conditions were ripe for the fire to spread extensively.
The River Road East Fire left a path of destruction in its wake. Sanders County Sheriff Shawn Fielders disclosed during a public meeting that the fire, spanning 17,115 acres, obliterated several structures. Preliminary figures reveal a tragic loss of 55 structures, including 15 primary residences, marking a calamitous impact on the local community.

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For those who've suffered the devastating loss of homes or other structures due to this wildfire, AVA Law stands ready to support. As a steadfast born and raised Montana-based law firm, we look after our own.
If the River Road East Fire has impacted you, we're here to help guide you through the aftermath, ensuring you receive the justice and support you deserve.
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Looking south down McLaughlin Creek towards the Clark Fork River on September 2, 2023. Image courtesy of InciWeb.
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