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Fire north of Great Falls contained

The cause and size of the fire have not yet been determined
Great Falls Fire
Posted at 9:32 AM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 13:18:39-04

Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter says that at this time, the fire that burned several miles north-northwest of Great Falls is contained and there are no additional evacuations.

In a press release, he said fire is currently being investigated by the Cascade County Sheriff's Office, and an update will be provided when the investigation is complete.

Sheriff Slaughter also thanked "all of the first responders and firefighters who are working hard on this fire."

The cause and size of the fire have not yet been determined.

At this point, there are no reported injuries. Sheriff Slaughter says that several outbuildings were burned, and possibly two homes or trailers.

Corine Lindhorst, who has lived in the area for three decaes, said, "I saw it earlier this afternoon. I was driving home from the store and drove up Vineyard to see the fire. And it looked at that time like it was heading East and not gonna top the hill over there," Lindhorst said.

But when the wind shifted, so did the fate of her home: "When the wind goes, the wind goes. We can't do anything about that." Lindhorst said.

In the 30 years she's lived in this area, she's never seen a fire come this close to her home.

"Last year that big fire came within a half mile of the house, but it veered over to the west and so we were clear," Lindhorst said.

Now all she can do is wait to find out the fate of her trailer; "Don't know. We'll figure that out when we get there," Lindhorst said.

While she waits to find out what happens to her home, she takes comfort in the fact that her husband and dogs are safe.