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Fire north of Great Falls likely sparked by machinery

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(1st Report, 11:54 a.m.) Emergency crews are at the scene of a wildland fire north of Great Falls.

We're told that the fire has burned about 10 acres so far. The location is near 484 Vinyard Road.

Firefighters from Black Eagle, Vaughn, and Gore Hill are at the scene.

No structures are threatened at this time.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

We will update you when we get more information.

(UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.) Firefighters have requested helicopter support from the MT Department of Natural Resources & Conservation.

Responding agencies include Black Eagle, Vaughn, Gore Hill, MT Air National Guard, Sand Coulee, Sun River, Ulm, Cascade County Disaster & Emergency Services, and the Salvation Army's "Sally One" vehicle. Cascade County Public Works is sending water tenders and fuel trucks.

(UPDATE, 1:10 p.m.) Fire officials ask that people stay away from the area, and say that it is a "very dangerous fire." 

The Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department posted the following message on Facebook: "Members of the public are advised to stay away from this fire on Vinyard Road. This is a very dangerous situation. Please allow firefighters to manage this situation. Do not block roads with your vehicles. Please keep out of the area until further notice."

Great Falls Fire/Rescue has now been requested. 

One firefighter is being evaluated for smoke inhalation.

Some structures are threatened, but we do not yet know if they are houses.

(UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.) RoseMary Carbis shared the following message on the KRTV Facebook page:

FOR DISPLACED HORSES OF THE VINEYARD FIRE: For those who need a place to store displaced horses, Missouri River Horsemen are offering stables off of 6th St. and Skyline. People can pm me and I can get a place ready for them, or call 406-590-3559 or Micheal Horn at 406-564-3610.

(UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.) Jennifer Goger lives near the fire, and says that "every time it looks like it's dying down it spikes back up."

Initial reports indicate that the fire was sparked by a piece of farm machinery.

One young deer perished in the fire; it was apparently spooked by the helicopter and ran into the flames.

The fire has burned hundreds of acres, but the exact size has not yet been determined.

(3:20 p.m.) Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department posted the following message: 

Cascade County Rural fire departments are currently continuing an active battle against a very large grass fire off of Vineyard Road north of Great Falls in the bonfire District this is a very dangerous fire. Firefighters from all across Cascade County including Vaughn, Black Eagle, Gore Hill ,Sand Coulee, Sun River Ulm,West Valley Fire/ Rescue, Great Falls Great Falls fire-rescue ,power fire ,DNRC, Cascade County disaster and Emergency Services, Cascade County Public Works, and Sally 1 are fighting hard and continue to bring in reinforcements. please stay clear of the area allowing fire Crews to work uninhibited. Unfortunately at this time we do not have any updates to acres burned but there have been no other reported injuries other than one firefighter that had suffered smoke inhalation.

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