MISSOULA, Mont. - At 2:30 Saturday afternoon, Missoula fire crews responded with six fire engines to reports of three separate fires, all originating along Greenough Park Trail.
After interviewing and speaking with neighbors and witnesses, the Missoula Fire Departments says there are unconfirmed reports of two juveniles in the area where the fires broke out. Rattlesnake residents had previously reported that they had seen a group of juveniles lighting small spot fires in the park.
There is no description of the juveniles, but a Missoula Police Department investigator was speaking with people at the park.
The fire came dangerously close to residential buildings. The Missoula Fire Department brought out a Type 1 crew to be on standby, but ultimately did not have to use them.
Fire crews say it took more than two hours to subdue the smoke flames. They spent almost another two hours soaking the ground and putting out hotspots.
The Fire Department Battalion Chief at the scene said that if a fire like this had happened a month from now, things could have been very different. The fact that brush was still green and winds were calm helped crews get the fire under control, he said.