A Hi-Line native injured in a fire south of Gildford Monday died Thursday morning at a hospital in Salt Lake City.
A spokeswoman for the University of Utah Medical Center told the Havre Daily News Thursday afternoon that NellieKim Sorenson died about 11 a. m. as a result of the burns she sustained in the fire.
A representative of the Kremlin fire department, one of several volunteer fire departments that responded, said Tuesday that Monday’s fire, south of U. S. Highway 2 between Gildford and Kremlin, burned more than 100 acres starting about 5 p. m. before it was extinguished about 7 p. m.
Additional details about the cause of the fire or how Sorenson was injured have not been available to the Havre Daily News so far.
Most of eastern Montana, including Blaine, Chouteau, Hill and Liberty counties, have been under Red Flag warnings from the National Weather Service most of this week due to high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds.
The Weather Service forecast continued to predict high fire danger in the region through the weekend. Local fire departments have been on heightened alert, and residents have been asked to use common sense and caution to avoid starting fires.