Posted: May 13, 2013 9:59 AM by KBZK Media Center
BOZEMAN - Faulty equipment on a passing freight train is believed to be the cause of an early morning fire east of Bozeman.
Fort Ellis Fire Department responded to a wildland fire along the railroad tracks two miles east of Bozeman at around 5 a.m., according to a news release.
About five acres burned. No structures were threatened.
Fire officials note that the area is expected to see critical fire conditions with high winds and hot temperatures today. It is expected to cool down on Tuesday but remain windy.
"This is an indication that even though we are starting to see our spring-time green-up, conditions are still very dry. There doesn't seem to be any significant moisture in sight and residents need to be very careful when setting fires to clean up debris around their properties," Fort Ellis Fire Chief Mike Cech said in a news release.