Wildland fire burns 5-10 acres

Hayden Blackford - Enterprise Staff Writer
Friday, September 2, 2022
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Firefighters pour water on a wildland fire 5 to 6 miles west of Livingston on Thursday. Enterprise photo by Jeff Schlapp

A wildland fire along U.S. Highway 10 west 5 to 6 miles west of Livingston destroyed an outbuilding and burned 5 to 10 acres Thursday.

The fire started from undetermined causes, said Danielle Babcox, a firefighter and public information officer for Park County Rural Fire District # 1.

The fire was reported shortly after it began, at around 4:35 p.m., and could have been much larger without a coordinated response from Livingston City Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, Paradise Valley Fire and PCRF, Babcox said.

Other agencies, such as the Park County Sheriff’s Office, 911 dispatchers and Park County Electric aided in the quick response that contained the fire despite high winds and intense heat.

The fire was fully contained by 6 p.m., and first responders were able to keep it from threatening any structures besides the outbuilding that was destroyed and an electrical pole that was later replaced by Park County Electric.

Babcox cautioned that the fire danger is still very high, and is forecast to remain that way for some time.

“It could have been a lot worse with the wind and the heat,” Babcox said.

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