Jul 2, 2012 10:05 PM by MTN News

Investigation finds lightning started Dahl Fire

ROUNDUP- Lightning is to blame for sparking the Dahl Fire in Mussellshell County, a four-person interagency team found during its investigation.

The investigation started after community members asked how the fire started at a meeting. The investigation team consisted of members from Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Bureau of Land Management.

"The investigation occurred on July 1, five days after the fire started. It included interviews with initial attack firefighters the day the fire started, landowners and residents in the immediate start area, and standard fire investigation techniques of examining physical and biological evidence at the origin area," according to a news release.

The team found no evidence to indicate that the fire was caused by human activity. The Dahl Fire is currently at 22,045 acres, is 75% contained and has burned more than 70 homes so far.

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