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Controlled burn turns into wildfire on Bootlegger Trail

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UPDATE: Black Eagle Fire Chief Mike Deshayes told KFBB the fire was a controlled burn but when the property owners hose broke they were unable to fight the fire themselves. They quickly called off Vaughn fire, Gore Hill fire, Malmstrom and MANG once they arrived on scene and had the fire quickly under control.

There were no injuries or any damage done to structures. 

Deshayes says you should have multiple lines of defense against fires if you are doing any controlled burns, and watch the weather as winds and humidity can play a big part in fire growth.


UPDATE: As of 1:10 pm, the fire had been put out after burning approximately 2 1/2 acres. No injuries reported so far.

To see all of the current controlled burns in Cascade County, click here.


Reports of a controlled burn turning into a wildfire came in around 12:43 pm. The controlled burn began on Bootlegger Trail in Great Falls when those when the fire grew roughly to the size of a football field and those who started it had no way of getting it back under control.

Multiple agencies were asked to respond. A reporter is heading to the scene and will update this story as it develops. 

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