- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Celebrity zookeeper Jack Hanna and his wife were among 17 guests who had to hike seven miles to safety when a Montana lodge was threatened by a wildfire.

Hanna tells the Great Falls Tribune (https://gftrib.com/1OGpAF3 ) it was as though a lion was coming after him when flames appeared on the hillside Saturday near the K Bar L Ranch.

He says he and his wife Suzi said a prayer for the lodge owner and employees who stayed behind as they fled with just the clothes they were wearing.

The flames came within a few hundred yards, but spared the Rocky Mountain Front ranch.

Hanna says he and his wife spent the night in the nearby town of Augusta. U.S. Forest Service employees later brought him his belongings.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, https://www.greatfallstribune.com


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