Posted: Apr 5, 2013 9:16 AM by KBZK
Updated: Apr 5, 2013 9:43 AM
BOZEMAN - An early season wildfire east of Bozeman was knocked down last night by more than a dozen firefighters.
The fire, along Rocky Creek Road, was two acres in size and burning in tall, dry grass. Firefighters from Fort Ellis Fire Department and four other area departments contained the blaze before it threatened nearby homes.
Despite the fact that winter is barely over, conditions across southwest Montana right now are very dry and fire officials say anyone doing outdoor burning needs to be extremely careful.
"If they could sure wait until we get green grass before they do any, any controlled burns, that would really help us out," Fort Ellis Assistant Fire Chief Fred Cady said.
Cady says it appears this fire was started by wood stove ashes that had been placed on a compost pile. The firefighters also told us that last night's fire was already their second of the spring season.
In a press release issued this morning, Mike Cech, chief of the Fort Ellis Fire Department, it is common to have wildland fires in the early spring.
"People normally think about the danger of wildland fires later in the summer, after things dry out. The spring can be just as bad because of the dead vegetation left after the winter. This spring seems to be especially bad because of the general lack of moisture," Cech said.
Residents are also reminded that burn permits are required for outside open burning.