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Firefighters suspect arson in recent fires


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The fourth and largest suspected arson fire in recent weeks at Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation burned across more than 200 acres of tribal rangeland Monday afternoon and early Tuesday.

Starting at 5 p.m. Monday, roughly 125 seasonal firefighters from Rocky Boy fought the grass, brush and timber fire until it was contained by 3 a.m. Tuesday, said Emery Nault, Rocky Boy's fire management officer.

Most of the fire burned itself out, Nault said, and firefighters took steps to protect homes in the area.

Nault has not determined how the fire started. But as a result of a rash of suspected arsons,...

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