Lightning Fires Monday
The Gazette reports that the Fritz fire south of Billings was fully contained late Monday as firefighters focused throughout the day on mop-up and eliminating hot spots in the burn area. Incident command attached to the wildfire near Fritz and Duck Creek released a number of engine crews Monday morning. The number of people assigned to the fire dropped to about 60 from 130 the previous day, according to Brad Shoemaker, emergency services director for Yellowstone County.
A number of fires ignited around Billings Monday night following the storm that involved dry lightning. Firefighters responded to a 30-acre fire at the Billings Rod and Gun Club at about 10:30 p.m. and lightning is the suspected cause. No injuries were reported. At about 11 p.m. Billings firefighters responded to a storage shed fire on Ellington Avenue, and at about 12:30 a.m. a fire ignited an older mobile home on Charlene Street.