Posted: Mar 14, 2012 10:20 AM by Shannon Newth (KRTV Great Falls)
Updated: Mar 14, 2012 10:25 AM
GREAT FALLS- The large fire that were triggered on Tuesday afternoon northeast of Great Falls has burned an estimated 7,000 acres as of Wednesday morning.
The fire was first reported near Moodie Implements just north of Black Eagle and east of U.S. Highway 87, and was triggered by downed power lines during a powerful wind and dust storm that hit the area shortly after 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
Fire crews from around the region are continuing to battle the fire, and Vaughn Fire Chief Nate Curtis said that as of 5 a.m., the fire had slightly subsided from Tuesday night.
One person was injured when a water tender rolled near Morony Dam at about 7 a.m. on Wednesday; the person was transported to Benefis hospital via Mercy Flight. The person's name and organization has not yet been released, and the nature and extent of injuries is not yet known.
Curtis expects fire crews to on scene throughout the day.