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By Andi Bourne

Volunteers Respond to First Wildland Fire of the Season


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Seeley Lake volunteer firefighters Shawn Ellinghouse and Kristy Pohlman help the owner extinguish the wildland fire on Whitetail Drive. The wind on Saturday afternoon caused the fire to spread from the small burn piles and burned them all together.

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Volunteer firefighters and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) responded to their first out-of-control debris burn April 2 around 2:30 p.m. on Whitetail Drive in Seeley Lake. The fire was contained at 0.10 of an acre and no structures were lost.

Seeley Lake Fire Chief Bob Vanden Heuvel said that it was a classic scenario for burn piles to spread. Burning conditions were perfect in the morning but changed in the afternoon getting warmer, drier and the wind picked up.

In this case, multiple small piles had been lit and when the wind...

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