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Jun 29, 2012 1:52 PM by Q2 Amanda Venegas

Area firefighters busy after overnight lightning storm

BILLINGS - Firefighters across Yellowstone County had a busy 24 hours fighting multiple blazes that were started by a overnight lightning storm.

Lighting strikes touched down across Yellowstone County around 11 pm Thursday night. Rural firefighters responded to four blazes from Shepherd to Ballantine.

The largest of the four fires burned about 515 to 600 acres according to Shepherd Fire Chief Phil Ehlers. That fire was at 4944 Stuart Rd. near Shepherd. Chief Ehlers says the blaze was sparked on grazing land and several local fire departments were on hand to help get the upper hand on the blaze. Fire crews were able to begin mopping up the fire around 3 am Friday.

Meanwhile, Huntley-Worden Fire Chief Lance Taylor says his firefighters spent the night fighting three smaller blazes. One fire burnt about 10 acres in Castle Butte Rd. near Bundy Rd. in Worden. Another fire charred one acre in between Huntley and Worden.

Additionally, fire crews battled a 50-plus acres fire off West Arrow Creek into Friday. Chief Taylor says that the vegetation gave fuel to the fire causing it to spread.Firefighters from Huntley-Worden, Billings, Lockwood, Haley Bench, Custer and the Bureau of Land Management were all on hand to help stop the blaze from spreading.

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