Posted: Apr 27, 2013 9:47 PM by Drew Trafton - MTN News
Updated: Apr 29, 2013 2:03 PM
A wildfire caused major headaches today for fire crews near Livingston after strong winds gave it new life on Saturday.
According to the Park County Rural Fire District, the fire was initially reported shortly before 10 p.m. on Friday night in the Grannis area northeast of Livingston.
A passing motorist indicated the fire was burning trees near the Grannis Fishing Access Site near milepost 4 along U.S. Highway 89 North.
When crews arrived, they discovered the fire has spread to about 8 acres in size and was engulfing trees and underbrush.
However, the fire spread at a low rate and, after a strong initial attack, it was placed on mop-up by 8 a.m. Saturday morning.
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, as crews completed mop-up of the fire, an increase in wind speeds (gusts of up to 40mph) caused the interior of the fire to flare up and grow.
The fire, which grew to an estimated 300 acres in size, is now considered to be contained but not controlled.
The Park County Rural Fire District says at its peak operational period, 13 engines, 4 tenders, 1 state helicopter and 50 personnel were on scene fighting the fire.
Agencies responding included Park County Rural Fire District 1, Livingston Fire and Rescue, Clyde Park City Fire, Clyde Park Rural Fire, Wilsall Fire, Paradise Valley Fire, Gardiner Fire, Sweetgrass County Fire, Montana DNRC, US Forest Service, Park County Fire Warden's Office, Park County Sheriff's Office, Montana Highway Patrol, and Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.
There have been no injuries or property damage reported to have been caused by the fire.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
If you have information regarding the ignition of the fire, you are asked to contact the Park County Sheriff's Office 406-222-2050.