The Flathead Beacon reported last evening that as numerous wildfires burn throughout the region and smoke blankets the Flathead Valley, the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office has issued a pre-evacuation notice to the residents of Essex and the surrounding community as the Sheep Fire continues to burn actively in a rugged section of the Great Bear Wilderness. Portions of the U.S. Highway 2 corridor around Essex moved into the ‘Set’ stage of the “Ready, Set, Go” evacuation strategy, according to fire officials. Residents of Essex and surrounding area are advised to prepare their property and themselves because of the proximity of the fire. Authorities are informing residents of the potential for evacuation. It is recommended that affected people load critical property and needs into their car, fire officials say. For more information, call 406-387-4854. Read the full story here.