Those interested in donating to communities affected by wildfires in Montana can use the state's Fire and Drought Assistance Hotline, which the state Department of Agriculture has established to coordinate the response.

The department, along with Miles Community College and the Montana Stockgrowers Foundation, is using the hotline to coordinate hay donations to be distributed through an expanded hay lottery.

To make a hay donation, contact the hotline at 1-844-515-1571.

To donate cash, contact the Montana Stockgrowers Foundation at 406-442-3420.

Other ways people can donate include:

Montana DNRC — Forestry Division: 2705 Spurgin Road, Missoula, MT 59804. Phone: 406-542-4251.

406 Family Aid Foundation: All donations will go directly to the evacuees of the Lolo Peak Fire.

United Way of Missoula County has set up a fund to help victims of the Lolo Peak Fire and the Seeley Lake/Rice Ridge Fire.

Garfield County Relief Fund: This fund is a subsidiary of the Central Montana Foundation. It has been created to help victims of the 2017 Lodgepole Complex fire.

The American Red Cross of Montana has opened 10 shelters for fire evacuees in Montana.

To make sure your donation is being used to help the most people, check your charity with Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar.


Morning Reporter

General assignment reporter for the Billings Gazette.