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By Alex Ross 

Sivertsen holds second East Fork Fire meeting

County meeting set for Monday


September 26, 2017

Havre Daily News/Floyd Brandt

A group of people talk about the East Fork Fire Monday at Northern Winz Casino during a meeting organized by Bob Sivertsen, right, second from back. Montana Department of Natural Resources and Blaine and Hill counties are organizing an after action review on the fire Monday in Chinook.

Retired rancher and former state legislator Bob Sivertsen said Monday after a meeting with ranchers, Rocky Boy and Bureau of Indian Affairs officials at Northern Winz Casino that difficulties in battling the East Fork Fire had to do with Montana Department of Natural Resources policy and not a lack of resources and the overwhelming scope of the fire, as a fire supervisor said.

He said though communications was an issue, ranchers and volunteers had the means to contain the fire to the reservation but weren't allowed to do so.

"We can talk resources all we want, but we had the manpower,"...

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