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Update: Quick response helps crews put down fire near Molt

Posted at 10:30 AM, Jul 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-21 15:17:15-04

Update 1:10 p.m.

A quick response from several agencies helped fire crews in Stillwater County put down a wildfire Thursday.

Columbus Fire Chief Rich Cowger said the blaze near Molt started from a hay bailing machine and grew to about 120 acres before it was controlled and put out.

Crews from six different fire departments in Stillwater and Yellowstone counties converged on the blaze, and a helicopter from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation also joined in the firefighting effort.

Cowger said two structures were threatened by the blaze, which burned mostly in grazing land, but none were damaged. A steady wind helped the fire grow initially, but fire crews benefited from vegetation that is "still relatively green yet," the fire chief said.


MOLT - Fire crews were responding Thursday morning to a blaze near Molt.

The Stillwater County Sheriff's Office said the fire was estimated at 60 to 80 acres shortly after 10 a.m. Two structures were reportedly threatened by the blaze, which was located near McFarland Road.

Fire crews from around the area were called to assist, including crews from Broadview and the Shepherd area in Yellowstone County.

No immediate cause of the blaze was available.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.