Firefighters have been extremely busy battling two wind-driven fires on Thursday afternoon.
The first one happened near 17th Street South and 30th Avenue. Initial reports indicate that the fire destroyed a home and a nearby shed, but there are no reports of any injuries. There is no word yet on the cause of the fire.
A wind-driven fire burned at least 20 acres near Fort Shaw on Thursday afternoon. According to Fort Shaw Assistant Fire Chief Bruce Wallace, the fire started when a man working on a vehicle and sparks ignited. There were no injuries.
The fire burned a nearby barn and several outbuildings, but no homes. The fire resulted in the temporary closure of one lane of traffic along Highway 200, causing some traffic delays.
Responding firefighting agencies included Fort Shaw, Simms, Fairfield, Manchester, Sun Prairie, Black Eagle, Gore Hill, Montana Air National Guard, and Malmstrom Air Force Base.