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Wildfire sparks north of Miles City

Posted at 1:13 PM, Aug 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-11 13:19:45-04

Update 4:20 p.m.

The Pirogue Fire near Miles City is 100 percent contained, according to Miles City Fire Chief Bud Peterson.

The fire burned about 400 acres, he said. No structures were burned, and no one was injured, Peterson said.

Fire officials believe the fire was started by a passing vehicle but have not confirmed it, Peterson said.

Update 2:05 p.m.

The Pirogue Fire near Miles City was reported at 11:34 a.m. Tuesday, according to state fire officials.

The fire was estimated to be 400 acres shortly after 1 p.m. A cause has not been determined.


First Report

MILES CITY - Fire crews in Custer County were battling flames just north of Miles City where a wildfire sparked before noon Tuesday.

The fire started somewhere in the area along Kinsey Road just east of the Miles City Airport. Witnesses said the high winds pushed the flames quickly across the dry ground sending flames racing across property toward the river and a few homes.

Miles City, Custer County, and Department of Natural Resources crews were on scene.

The fire appears to be burning on private and state land. Local Bureau of Land Management Public Affairs Specialist Mark Jacobsen said although he is not on the scene, he can see it from where he is.

Jacobson says flames are moving quickly toward the east and there are homes and ranches in their path.

Jacobson says the grass is sparse, but with the high winds the flames were moving quickly.

Q2 Chief Engineer, Mark Huller was in the area to work on the Q2 Translator and sent this video:

Raw Video: Wildfire sparks near Miles City

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