Mar 13, 2012 8:54 PM by Mike Rawlins

Hill County fire now burning in Blaine county

A grass fire has burned more than 5,000 acres between Havre in Chinook on the Hi-Line.

Blaine County emergency manager Haley Gustitis tells us that they have activated the Emergency Operations Center.

NorthWestern Energy is shutting off power east of Havre to Chinook.

Gustitis said that Highway 2 is open, but emergency crews are traveling throughout the affected area, and urges drivers to use extreme caution.

Tim Hedges, the assistant fire chief in Havre, says the fire was called in shortly after noon, five miles east of the Havre, near the railroad tracks there.

According to Hedges, BNSF was grinding track in that area.

Fire crews were able to contain the fire, but high winds have now pushed the blaze into Blaine County.

No injuries have been reported.

We will update you as we learn more.

(First Report, 1:55 pm) Fire crews are on the scene of a grass fire near Havre.

The fire was reported just after noon on Tuesday and is located about five miles east of Havre along the north side of the Milk River.

We have been told that four HFD trucks are on the scene, and they are being helped by volunteer crews from Bear Paw and St. Joe.

Officials have not yet determined how large the fire is at this point, but did say that it is a "good sized fire."

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

No injuries have been reported.


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