CLARKSTON, Mont. -

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said the call came in Wednesday afternoon of a wildfire burning near Clarkston.

The blaze began illegally, he said, and because of high winds, quickly spread to 200 acres in between Old Coach and Crystal Mountain roads.

"Soon as that wind picks up and something like this happens" Sheriff Gootkin said "it quickly gets out of control."

Sheriff Gootkin said one home and one outbuilding were swept up in the flames.

All that was left of the home was a chimney, but no one was inside at the time. Sheriff Gootkin said they are still investigating who the house belongs to.

Other homes were in the pathway of the fire. Sheriff Gootkin said firefighters worked to save one house after flames began burning one wall of the building. The house was spared, aside from melted siding.

Sheriff Gootkin said one fire fighter was injured in the blaze. He was brought to the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

40 fire fighters from 11 departments along with 6 sheriffs deputies worked on containing the blaze. Two DNRC helicopters scooped up water from a nearby river to put out hotspots.

They did issue a citation for negligent arson, Sheriff Gootkin said, and he's warning others to be careful when burning anything outside.

"It's so important for people to understand to be so careful when they're burning" he said, adding "If they're doing burn barrels or whatever they're doing- look at the weather forecast, check the wind. If it even looks like it's going to be windy, think twice and wait."