Grass fire burns 5 acres along I-90 near Bozeman
A fire that broke out along Interstate 90 between Seventh Avenue and 19th Avenue was extinguished after burning five acres. The Bozeman Police Department, Fire Department and the Montana Highway Patrol responded. When crews arrived they found a five acre grass fire that was moving quickly. Tall, dry grass as well as strong winds made it a challenge for firefighters to put out the fire. Firefighters say this fire moved quicker than they would anticipate for this time of year.
"We really need to careful with open sources of ignition, discarding cigarettes from vehicles or any type of outdoor burning, whether you're burning trash or using a chimnea or fire pit or something like that. Even though we're in the late stages of winter here that grass will still burn pretty readily," said Deputy Fire Chief Mike Maltaverne. A daycare and a hotel were in the path of the fire, but neither sustained any damages or were evacuated. The cause is still under investigation.