Posted: Jun 29, 2012 5:23 PM by Drew Trafton-Q2 News
Updated: Jun 29, 2012 5:26 PM
MUSSELSHELL COUNTY- If you take a drive going either direction of Highway 87 near Roundup, it's not hard to notice the smoldering devastation of fire.
However, while you are traveling at the reduced speed of 35 miles per hour ( a requirement while crews work in the area) you might also notice the nation's flag flying over a saloon on the side of the road.
That flag belongs to Lynn and Amiee Griffin, the owners of the Branding Iron Saloon, and when they raised it Friday, they hoped it would signify to passing vehicles that they are open for business.
Just days before, Amiee had been evacuated when the Dahl Fire ripped through the countryside at a startling pace.
As her husband Lynn returned from work in Alaska, both of the Griffin's began hearing rumors about their bar and home.
"We heard the house was gone, the bar was standing," said Amiee. "Then we heard everything was gone and then that everything was here."
The latter news proved to be accurate, as the Griffin's were amazed their property survived the inferno.
They credit their neighbors with saving the property.
"They never left. They stayed and they fought fire," said Lynn. "And they came in here and put out several fires. Plus, a couple other people that knew us stopped by and put out a couple other little fires."
Click here to see why the Griffins opened their doors so soon after they returned.