Roaring fire scorches 1,000 acres

Firefighters from three counties and local farmers along with aerial support from the Montana Department of Natural Resources Conservation worked for hours on Sept. 4 to control and put out a 1,000-acre wildfire that started in a grain field southwest of Dutton.

Dutton Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jeff Horak said the 911 call came into the Teton County Sheriff’s Office at 4:21 p.m. Temperatures were in the mid-80s to mid-90s that day, humidity was very low and winds were blowing some 20-25 mph from the northwest. The state had already declared the day a “red flag” day, denoting high fire danger and a moratorium on planned burning.

Dutton VFD was the first responder paged out, but the Dutton crew immediately called for help. Eventually the Choteau, Power, Fairfield, Pendroy, Conrad, Sun River, Manchester and Brady volunteer fire departments all responded along with many farmers in the area.

In addition, Dutton


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