Posted: May 15, 2013 9:05 AM by Lindsey Gordon - MTN News
WINSTON - Crews responded to a wildfire in Winston at around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday.
The fire burned through an estimated 100 acres of Bureau of Land Management property and some private land near the Spokane Hills South Trailhead, off of McMaster Road.
No injuries have been reported.
At 9 p.m. Tuesday night, U.S. Forest Service district fire management official David Nunn said the fire was about 10% contained.
Broadwater Fire Chief Ed Shindoll and U.S. Forest Service share incident command. Shindoll said that the fire was "laying down well."
The two agencies will conduct the investigation into the cause of the fire. There were no prescribed burns in the area.
Nunn said that there were 60 personnel on scene from Broadwater and Lewis and Clark county volunteer fire departments.
U.S. Forest service provided 30 and about 20 personnel from the Department of Natural Resources (DNRC) with three of their helicopters assisting.
A combination of wind and dry timber exacerbated the spread of the fire, making it difficult to control. Forest Service officials urge everyone to be extra vigilant about fire safety.