Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Cloudy 63° Cloudy

’Unusual’ wintertime wildfire races through Montana


GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) – A wildfire fueled by high winds and dry conditions ripped through Glacier County, in what experts call an “unusual” occurrence for this time of year.

The Great Falls Tribune reports Blackfeet Fire Management fire investigator Carter Gallineaux says the blaze, which raced through northwest of Browning on Sunday afternoon, is unusual for December. He says usually there is snow on the ground but there hasn’t been any significant moisture in at least the last 30 days.

An unoccupied trailer home was lost in the fast-moving blaze, which was controlled as of Sunday evening.

Gallineaux says the fire looks to be human-caused, perhaps sparked by a discarded cigarette or parked vehicle.

A high wind warning was in effect until 11 a.m. Monday.


Information from: Great Falls Tribune,


AP-WF-12-18-17 1940GMT

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the sports newsletter

Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.