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Gusty winds powering wildfire in Fergus County

Wildfire in Fergus County (Wednesday, December 1, 2021)
Wildfire near Denton in Fergus County
Posted at 8:28 AM, Dec 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-02 13:21:11-05

UPDATE: Evacuation order will soon be lifted for Denton

(WEDNESDAY, 11:19 a.m.) MTN reporter/meteorologist says that the fire is less than a half mile from Denton, but there is no immediate threat to the community at the moment.

Route 81 heading toward Coffee Creek is closed as the fire has jumped the highway.

At this point, there are no reports of damaged structures, and no injuries have been reported.

We will update you when we get more information.

(WEDNESDAY, 8:28 a.m.) Fergus County Fire Warden Ryan Peterson says that the Westwind Fire, near Denton, continues burning along Highway 80 north of Stanford.

The fire was reported at about 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

Strong winds quickly pushed the fire east across Highway 80 toward Denton.

There are no reports of damaged structures, and no reports of any injuries at this point.

Mutual aid was requested from several agencies and surrounding counties.

Suppression efforts are still underway but are improving.

Peterson says there is no threat to the community of Denton at this time and no evacuation orders have been issued.

Power lines are believed to have started the fire, but information is still being gathered to determine the cause.

We will update you when we get more information.

There are also two wildfires burning near Great Falls and near Browning.