Written by John Plestina
Firefighters Work Together To Fight Blaze -- Fire departments from Wolf Point, Poplar, Culbertson, Bainville, Circle, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Valley County Long Run responded to a grass fire Wednesday, July 23, east of Wolf Point on U.S. Hwy. 2. The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department initially responded to the blaze, which was fanned by hot, dry winds, at 3:24 p.m. The fire was mostly extinguished by 10 p.m. and BIA remained on the scene to monitor it for flareups. All except the last picture were taken about a mile from the fire about 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 23. The last picture, taken the next day, shows the fire burned up to U.S. Hwy. 2. (Photos by John Plestina)
Hot, dry and windy conditions with temperatures above 90 degrees fanned a grass fire, Wednesday, July 23, that burned 860 acres east from Windy Hill Road and north from U.S. Hwy. 2.
Hwy. 2 was closed about four miles east of Wolf Point.
The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire at 3:24 p.m. and remained on the scene until 10 p.m. when BIA firefighters remained on the scene.
Fire departments from Poplar, Culbertson, Bain-ville, Circle and Valley County Long Run also assisted.
“It started at the highway. The cause is undetermined,” WPVFD Chief Shawn Eggar said.
Several structures were threatened but none were burned, including the home of a Roosevelt County commissioner and a house Eggar owns that is rented.
“I bet it was accidental; a rock off a tire, piece of glass. It’s hard to tell when it started at the highway. It could be anything,” Eggar said.
“We released it to BIA about 10 p.m.,” he said, adding that the fire was out but still smoldering.
BIA monitored the scene for several days.
A call reporting a flare-up the next day turned out to be dust.