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Multiple fires hit Havre area over the weekend


Last updated 7/6/2021 at 12:06pm

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Grass is scorched on the hill behind the Havre Animal Shelter. A grass fire came within feet of the shelter Sunday evening before firefighters were able to extinguish it. Police are investigating the fire, but use of fireworks is suspected.

The past 48 hours saw a considerable amount of fires in the Havre area with many suspected to have been started by fireworks amid the ongoing drought conditions.

Havre Fire Chief Mel Paulson said this was about average for his department in terms of Fourth of July weekends but they were still kept quite busy.

"This is about right in the middle," he said. "... We've had years where we didn't have any calls, and we've had years where we've had 30."

Paulson said most of the fires were small with most measuring a half-acre or less, and no major property damage or injuries have been sustai...

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