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By Alex Ross 

Dispute over fire management continues


October 5, 2017

Some locals and officials that fought the East Fork Fire are still disputing what led to the fire’s rapid and erratic spread from a relatively small fire on Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation Aug. 27 to a blaze that burned nearly 22,000 acres in the Bear Paw Mountains.

A lack of clear command and control caused by a shortage of available resources impacted the response to the fire, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Incident Commander Don Pyrah said at a meeting requested by local resident Bob Sivertsen, in the Timmons Room of the Hill County Courthouse Monday.


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