HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – A wildfire burned an estimated 600 acres of wheat and hay stubble, grass and fences a few miles north of Havre on Monday afternoon.
Kody Peterson, Chief of the Kremlin Volunteer Fire Department, received a call of a fire burning north of Havre at around 1:30 pm Monday. By 5:30 pm some crew members were released, with mop up duty being essentially completed by 7:45 pm. Some members of St. Joe Rural Fire Department were planning to stay around in the overnight and into Tuesday to make sure the fire won’t reignite.
No cause of the fire of the fire has been determined, but Peterson asks that people be vigilant about safety chains on their trailers, tires and axle bearings to help prevent fires.
A number of fire departments responded, coming from Havre, Box Elder, St. Joe, Wild Horse, Bear Paw, Kremlin and Chinook. Hill County Road Department also provided assistance.
Total equipment used to fight the fire included around 25 brush trucks, several pumper trucks and tens of water tankers.
Peterson also credits local residents for their overwhelming support helping responders by providing water, which he estimated at around 35,000 gallons.
Havre Border Patrol, Hill County Sheriff’s Officials, Montana Highway Patrol and Fish, Wildlife and Parks provided traffic support, which included shutting down all non-essential northbound traffic on Highway 232 out of Havre for a portion of the afternoon.
Some state land was burned, but most of the 600 acres was deeded property. No structures were lost.
There were no injuries to people or animals, which Peterson credits to both the large amount of personnel that fought the fire as well as the rough terrain that helped control the fire before it reached residences.
There was an additional fire a few acres in size also north of Havre that was extinguished early in the afternoon by the Havre Fire Department.