Posted: Jul 21, 2013 10:04 PM by Keele Smith - MTN News
Updated: Jul 21, 2013 10:17 PM
A blaze north of Three Forks that began just after 5 p.m., is in terrain that is challenging fire fighters. Officials suspect the fire may have been started by gunfire
They estimate the fire is between 300 and 500 acres. Officials say while it's not growing much in size, the terrain is posing a problem.
"Our hardest part is the blind ravines that we have to go through," said Todd Rummel, Three Forks Battalion Chief. "We can't get the apparatus into it and at this point in time, we're trying to access that with the helicopters and water crews."
More than 100 fire fighters from, Broadwater, Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin County are assisting. In addition, the DNRC has two helicopters on scene making water drops.The fire is largely burning in grass, juniper and sage brush and is moving slowly north east.
The forest service has take over command of the fire. There are no structures threatened at this time and crews plan to continue containment efforts into the evening.
We will continue to follow this developing story and update as more information becomes available.