The small town of Conrad, Montana is reeling after a wind-swept fire ripped through the northern part of the town.  The fire broke out around 3:45pm Wednesday and was not contained until 7:30p.  One report said the fire swept through at least eight miles from just north of Conrad to eight miles east as it jumped I-15.

One homestead was wiped out and a Go Fund Me account has been set up for the DeVries family who lost everything.  Below is what the Go Fund Me account stated.

"This fundraiser is to help out the DeVries family of 5 who lost their family home and shop on September 7th to a fire. They were able to get out of the house in time with just the clothes on their backs. 12 years of blood, sweat, and tears working the land and making their house a home was gone in a flash. Please consider donating so that they may begin to rebuild."

The Go Fund Me account goal is $15,000.

This is the link:  Fundraiser by Krista DeVries : The DeVries Family (

Two other homesteads were also destroyed but both were uninhabited.  There were no reported injuries.  Sheriff Robert Skarupa says it was amazing to see how many people showed up to help put out the fire.  He says the DeVries family got out with just the shirt on their backs.  He says when he talked to the DeVries family he said, the only clean spots on them were around their eyes.  He says all the help that poured in gives you hope for humanity and that Conrad is a great place to live in.

It is not clear how the fire started but the sheriff says they do not believe it was suspicious in nature.


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