Wildland fire near Jefferson City kept to one acre

Mutual aid and a quick-thinking residents helped Jefferson City Volunteer Fire Department tame a wildland fire about two miles south of town Friday evening. Jefferson City VFD Fire Chief Bud Siderits said the fire was reported about 6 p.m. Five of the department’s volunteer firefighters responded to the fire, which “looked to be started just off South Main at a known pull-off site,” he reported. The firefighters were met by two nearby residents who were trying to extinguish the fire and who helped the firefighters attack the flames, which were burning in duff and brush. Siderits soon called for mutual aid to complement his department’s personnel and equipment. Clancy VFD sent a wildland fire engine, a 4,000-gallon water tender and a crew of five, while Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation sent two wildland fire engines and a crew of four. By the time the combined crews extinguished the fire it had burned about an acre between the road and a nearby creek, Siderits reported. The cause was not determined.

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