West Wind Fire Destroys Numerous Structures in Denton

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DENTON, Mont. (NMB) – The West Wind Fire that has destroyed dozens of buildings in the town of Denton was estimated at 10,644 acres with no containment as of Friday afternoon

Upon initial assessment, 25 primary residences are believed to be destroyed, along with 18 secondary structures and six commercial properties. A bridge and train trestle on the west edge of town were destroyed.

However, no serious injuries have been reported, and evacuation orders were issued well in advance of the fire reaching town.

Fuels involved include grasslands, pasture and riparian wetlands.

The DNRC County Assist Team now leading the suppression effort says crews are working to secure lines around the perimeter to contain the fire and extinguish hotspots.

The DNRC says they hope to have the fire fully contained by the end of the weekend.

Highway 81 west of Denton will continue to be closed due to a bridge being burned out.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Northwestern Energy has said it “appears to have originated from a high wind event involving one of their power lines southwest of Denton.

The Red Cross has an emergency shelter available at the Lewistown Civic Center, which is at 309 5th Avenue.

Numerous fire departments along the Hi-Line, including Havre and Chinook, have provided mutual aid.

Donations to aid those impacted by the fire can be made at this link.

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