Posted: Apr 28, 2013 4:36 PM by Dennis Carlson
Updated: Apr 29, 2013 2:00 PM
PARK COUNTY - The state fire marshal is investigating a wildfire that scorched 300 acres in Park County on Saturday.
The Grannis Fire started Friday night at a fishing access along the Shields River east of Livingston.
The eight-acre blaze was contained early Saturday morning, but things changed drastically later that day when afternoon winds in excess of 50 miles an hour reignited the fire, which made a run along Highway 89, burning through a power line and then spotting over the Shields River and racing into the foothills.
A dozen engines and 50 firefighters from local, state and federal agencies worked the blaze which is now listed as controlled.
Park County Fire Captain Drew Beattie says the fire fed on dense, dry underbrush and trees in an area that hasn't seen fire or grazing for a long time.
"That, paired with the hot, dry weather conditions and the winds typical of Livingston create for a very high fire danger even though it's early in the season," he said.
Beattie says if you are going to burn, be extremely careful with open flames, pay close attention to changing weather conditions and monitor fires at all times.
Beattie says if you have any information on how this fire began, call the Park County Sheriff's Office at 222-2053.