Authorities search for berry picker in fire zone
August 20, 2013
LOLO (AP) — Authorities are searching for a man who went berry picking near Lolo Creek just before a wildfire moved into the area.
The Missoula County Sheriff's Office says 60-year-old Mark Hannah went with a friend Monday to pick huckleberries off U.S. Highway 12.
The Missoulian reports (http://bit.ly/19GYPgr) the men headed back when they noticed increasing smoke, but became separated.
Hannah's friend made it to a dirt road that led back to the highway, and a sheriff's deputy drove the person home.
Sheriff's office spokeswoman Paige Pavalone says Hannah has not been heard from since.
She says Hannah may have gotten stuck because of traffic or stayed overnight to search for his friend.
Two wildfires in the area have grown to nearly 8 square miles and burned an undetermined number of homes.