Training exercise sparks small fire


TOWNSEND, Mont. - A Montana National Guard training exercise sparked a fire Wednesday afternoon, prompting suspension of similar  training until fire and weather conditions can be re-evaluated.

Major Tim Crowe told NBC Montana that a live round, shot from a Bradley tank, started the small fire in a field near Limestone Hills.

The fire did not threaten any structures or lives. The fire occurred on BLM land, and Helena National Forest spokesperson Kathy Bushnell said it was last reported as being 15 acres. An agreement between the Guard and the Bureau of Land Management allows for fire ordinance exceptions.

Crowe said the Guard will evaluate the suspension on a daily basis, and works closely with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to monitor conditions.

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