Fires burn acreage west of Havre


Several grass fires along a 4-mile stretch north of U.S. Highway 2 Wednesday evening threatened several houses and the Big Red Barn before being contained by area fire crews and volunteers.

The fire started on railroad tracks, Havre Fire Chief Dave Sheppard said today, adding that the exact cause has not been determined.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway spokesman Gus Melonas said the railroad is investigating the cause of the fires.

"We did have two trains in the area," he said. "BNSF is continuing to investigate."

BNSF temporarily closed that section of track while crews combated the b...

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