County fire responds to two weekend fires

Ashley Wise Star Editor
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
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On Friday morning, Custer County Fire Department responded to a tractor fire outside of Miles City. Photo courtesy of Custer County Fire Department

Fire season is quickly approaching.

Custer County Fire Department (CCFD) was busy over the weekend with two fires.

On Friday morning, CCFD responded to a tractor fire south of Miles City.

According to Interim Fire Warden Cory Cheguis, the cause was undetermined.

The tractor was a total loss with around $150,000 in damage.

The fire department along with the Custer County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to the call at 8:45 a.m. and were on scene for two hours.

The fire department and the sheriff’s office also responded to an early fire on Saturday.

According to Cheguis, the small grass fire at Bonfield Recreational Area on Valley Drive was caused by a camp fire that was left and not extinguished correctly. The campfire was also not located in a fire pit.

The fire burned .1 acres and the CCFD and CCSO were on scene for an hour.

“If you’re out utilizing these recreational spots, clean up after yourself and leave the place better than it was before you showed up, these locations and natural resources are a great treasure to Custer County,” said a Facebook post.

According to the post, some safety tips when it comes to campfires include:

— Use a fire ring.

— Consider your surroundings. Don’t burn near overhanging branches, steep slopes, rotten stumps, logs and dry grass or leaves.

— Use proper fuel. Only use untreated wood or charcoal to fuel your fire.

— Keep it contained. Campfires should be less than three-feet in height and four-feet in diameter.

— Pay attention. Never leave a campfire unattended. Even a small breeze can spread a fire quickly.

— Put it out. Pour water on your campfire when you are done. Ensure all branches, coals and sticks are wet. If you don’t have water use dirt.

(Contact Ashley Wise at starnews@midrivers.com or 406-234-0450.)

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