Posted: Mar 31, 2013 9:10 AM by Jen Fenter - MTN News
80 unintended acres burned this afternoon in Fort Shaw.
Fort Shaw Fire Chief Dave Anderson tells us a farmer on Rocky Reef Road was burning stubble in his fields when the fire went into the timber along the river.
Anderson says when crews first responded around 4 on Saturday afternoon, structures were threatened. Fire fighters were able to save the structure, and continued working to contain the blaze.
Nearly 30 fire personnel from several agencies responded; including Fort Shaw, Sun River, Fairfield, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Vaughn and Black Eagle. In addition to a Department of National Resources and Conservation helicopter to tackle the blaze.
The fire was contained around 9pm Saturday.
Anderson says crews will return Sunday to finish the mop-up.
Originally, it was estimated hundreds of acres burned. That has been reduced to 80 acres.
(Posted: Mar 30, 2013 7:28 PM) A controlled burn in Fort Shaw quickly got out of hand Saturday afternoon.
Fire crews responded to Rocky Reef Road around 4pm Saturday, after a farmer burning stubble lost control of the blaze.
Fort Shaw Fire chief Dave Anderson said the fire crept out, and caught the timber along the river.
Anderson tells us a structure was threatened when they first arrived on scene, but was quickly taken care of.
Anderson estimates a few hundred acres have burned.
Nearly 30 fire personnel from several agencies responded; including Fort Shaw, Sun River, Fairfield, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Vaughn and Black Eagle.
The ground personnel received air support from a DNRC Helicopter, too.
Anderson expects crews to be working until at least dark Saturday evening, and possibly into the night.
No injuries have been reported.
We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.