Fire crews from multiple agencies worked late into Tuesday night on a wildfire that broke out near the Three Forks and Harrison area just off of Highway 287.
“It made a really quick run straight to the east last night, so it was running pretty good. It ate up a lot of ground pretty quick,” said Joseph Brummell, Fire Warden with Madison County Disaster and Emergency Services.
Madison County Emergency Management reported on Wednesday afternoon the fire has burned approximately 1000 acres of BLM and private land, moving west.
“Last night for the initial attack, the quick attack, there was Jefferson County, Gallatin County, Madison County, as well as the Department of Natural Resources and Forest Fire crews, so there was a lot of people on the initial attack,” Brummell said.
No structures have been damaged and there have been no reported injuries.
“Last night they cut some dozer lines in to help the fire spread and stop it at 287. And currently working on a dozer line on the north end of the fire as well, as well as doing some suppression tactics with the helicopters,” said Brummell.
While Madison County Emergency Management says crews are doing a great job keeping the fire in check, the fire warden says it’s unusual to see this kind of activity at this point in the season.
“Especially if you take a look at the moisture we had last year at this time, rather significant,” Brummell said. “And what’s most unusual is some of the forest crews, the seasonals are having to extend a little bit longer, so keeping those hand crews in longer than they normally do.”
Fire Warden Brummell says it’s still very much an active fire scene, and if you are driving in the area to please slow down and let the firefighters do their work.