Bridger Canyon Wildfire Resources

Thank you for considering Buffalo Restoration in this time of need. We are sorry for the loss you have experienced, and we are here to help. If you are in need of our services, please give our office a call as soon as possible. We would like to begin the intake process and are able to start helping you before we arrive onsite, even if the area has not been released by the authorities at the that time.

Things to Consider:

  • Call the Help Center at 211 to determine if the area has been released by the local authorities
  • Contact your insurance company to begin the claims process
  • Contact Buffalo Restoration with your information

Questions We May Ask You:

  • Has the area been released by the incident commanders and local authorities?
  • Have you returned to your property to assess the extent of the damage?
  • Are you needing our board up service to help prevent further damage?
  • Was your home or structure directly burned by the wildfire or indirectly affected by fire, such as: soot deposits or smoke damage?
  • Was flame retardant applied to your home?
  • Do you currently have power and water at your home?

Expectations from Buffalo Restoration:

Your property will be initially assessed to determine the extent of damages and for the following services that may need to be scheduled:

  • Emergency board-up, corrosion mitigation, cleaning, deodorization, structure repairs, and contents cleaning. If there is a need for board up and/or corrosion mitigation, we will request the following from you:
    • Sign an emergency work authorization and a $500 deposit (applied to your final bill) or your insurance policy deductible. Please note, we do not provide bids for the initial emergency services or cleaning.  We will bill you and the insurance company directly upon completion of this phase of the project. We will work through any changes with your insurance adjuster.

The repair phase of the restoration process:

  • Structural repairs will be estimated upon completion of the cleaning and demolition phase. At that time, our estimators will provide an itemization of those necessary repairs to present to your insurance company. We will work to reach an agreed cost of repairs with your insurance company prior to contracting and starting the repair phase of the restoration.

Structure Damage Considerations:

  • Be aware of potential hazards associated with home fires:
    • Collapsing walls or ceilings, exposed electrical wires, damaged roads, reignition of the fire, landslides, toxic breathing environment
  • Soot from the wildfire can be pushed into structures, depositing into attics and wall cavities causing corrosion. Some of the soot that settles in the home can cause secondary corrosion to things like faucets, hinges, any metal fixtures, firearms, and appliances.
  • If the wildfire has caused extensive damage leaving the interior of your home exposed to the outdoor elements, WE can help prevent additional damage by boarding up the home.
  • Power outages from the wildfire can cause secondary damages to your home. Secondary damages can include rotting odors from a freezer or refrigerator, or dewatering sump pump systems.

Personal Property Considerations:

  • Identify the priority levels of your content items that are of high sentimental or monetary value. These items could be:
    • Family heirlooms, firearms, or jewelry
  • Identify items that you consider are essentials in your day to day life. These items could be:
    • Clothing and work-related materials
  • The following items are considered non-transportable by Buffalo Restoration:
    • Combustible liquids, explosives, corrosive liquids, consumables, flammables, firearms, over-the-counter medications, live plants, etc.

Additional Community Resources:

  • SWMT COAD and ECCC post out of school child care opportunities via a website monitored by CCC:  https://www.outofschoolmt.org/

    Postings are based on the information provided by the agency or program offering out of school time care. 

  • https://cccmontana.org/  Child Care Connections advocates for the well-being and quality care of children by supporting early childhood professionals, families, and the communities we serve. Child Care Connections helps families find available child care programs and apply for financial assistance. 

  • Love INC, www.loveincgc.org as a resource. We are also the point of contact for clothing. We will receive clothing and give it to those in need.