Grain elevators and 25 homes burned in Denton, Montana Wednesday as a large wildfire burned through the town, the Fergus County Sheriff’s office said.
The West Wind Fire was reported at 11:14 p.m. Tuesday Nov. near Highway 80. Pushed by 24 to 40 mph winds gusting out of the west up to 60 mph hour it quickly spread east from Judith Basin County into Fergus County. On Wednesday Dec. 1 it burned into Denton, population about 300, and destroyed grain elevators, bridges, and 25 residences. The Sheriff’s Facebook page has a list of the affected homes.
The wind was too strong on Wednesday for aircraft to assist firefighters.
The town was evacuated and there were no reports of serious injuries or fatalities. The Sheriff expected to lift the evacuation order Thursday afternoon. Highway 81 west of Denton is closed due to a bridge that burned.
The fire, 18-miles long, was no longer spreading on Thursday after burning 10,644 acres.
The town of Denton yesterday afternoon from the north pic.twitter.com/Msl6vh1gt9
— Brock Linker (@44bmac) December 2, 2021
There has been record setting heat in Montana in recent days.
The wildfire potential in central Montana is predicted to be higher than average in December.
Do not drive into a flooded street. Do not drive into a fire.
Major brush fire ongoing in Denton, MT. Less than a half mile out of town. No immediate threat to the community at the moment. Route 81 heading towards Coffee Creek is closed as the fire has jumped the highway. #MTwx pic.twitter.com/CTEKqs8oIu
— Erik Johnson (@erik_wx) December 1, 2021