The following is information from press releases by Park County Rural Fire District 1:
The initial call for service reporting fire in the Grannis area, NE of Livingston, was received at 9:41 pm, Friday, April 26th. A passing motorist indicated fire burning in trees near the Grannis Fishing Access Site with approximately 30 foot flame lengths.
The Grannis Fishing Access Site is a Montana FWP site near milepost 4 along US Highway 89 North, just North and East of Livingston. First units on scene found approximately 8 acres of deciduous trees, willows, and underbrush actively burning.
Upon arrival, firefighters began suppression efforts on the fire, which was spreading at a low rate, and was burning intensely in the dense fuels with flames up to 30 feet in length.
After a strong initial attack, the fire was placed into a monitor/patrol status at approximately 4 am, and additional crews returned for a second operational period at 8 am.
At around 2 pm, while crews were completing mop-up, winds suddenly increased with gusts in excess of 40 miles per hour, causing interior flare-ups and significant spotting. Fire spread became rapid and crews immediately called for additional resources.
Overnight, crews continued to monitor and patrol the Grannis Fire and no significant changes in fire activity or fire size were reported. The burned area is estimated at 300 acres. Crews continued work on mopping up the fire Sunday morning.
The fire is in patrol status. The fire is contained at this time and fire control is anticipated by the end of the day. Fire resources on scene include units from Park County Rural Fire District 1 and the US Forest Service.
At the peak of the operational period, 13 engines, 4 tenders, 1 state helicopter, and approximately 50 personnel were on scene. Agencies responding included Park County Rural Fire District 1, Livingston Fire and Rescue, Clyde Park City Fire, Clyde Park Rural Fire, Wilsall Fire, Paradise Valley Fire, Gardiner Fire, Sweetgrass County Fire, Montana DNRC, US Forest Service, Park County Fire Warden’s Office, Park County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol, and Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.
No injuries or damage to structures were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Investigators with the Montana State Fire Marshall’s Office are on scene. Anyone with any information regarding the cause of the fire is asked to contact the Park County Sheriff’s Office at 406-222-2050.
Park County Rural Fire District 1 reminds the public to closely monitor all recreational and controlled burns this spring.