Written by Kelly Berk
Around 20 fire trucks from area fire departments battled a 452-acre fire that destroyed two family farmsteads northeast of Bainville Monday afternoon, Sept. 10.
The farms lost belonged to Musette Horob and her son, Jay Horob, both of Bainville.
Incident commander Lyle Lambert noted that the Horob farmsteads, as well as some trailers and campers were lost in the blaze.
“They lost everything but the clothes on their back,” said Lambert.
Bainville; Culbertson; Froid; Williston, N.D.; Grenora, N.D.; and Department of Natural Resources fire departments responded to the fire, bringing with them volunteers who fought the fire.
Seven trucks from Bainville, four from Culbertson, four from Froid and four from Williston Rural Fire Department joined with one DNRC truck and one Grenora truck to fight the afternoon flames.
Lambert noted that the origin of the fire is still under investigation, but the blaze is believed to have started when a construction company’s equipment hit some rocks and sparked a fire.
In the month of August, the Richland County Conservation District recorded only .53” of rainfall for Culbertson.
With extremely dry conditions throughout the state, volunteer fire fighters have been working around the clock to combat fires threatening to destroy land, homes and farm structures and equipment.
Red-flag warnings are in effect for most of eastern and central Montana, which prohibits any type of burning.