Agencies responded to wildfires near Wadsworth Pond Dec. 10
Updated 2:20 p.m. Dec. 11
On Dec. 10, agencies responded to two separate wildfires in the area of Wadsworth Pond and the intersection of Central Avenue West, Sun River Road and McIver Road, according to Great Falls Fire Rescue.
GFFR, the Cascade County Sheriff’s Officer and multiple volunteer fire departments responded to the fires.
According to GFFR, the fires were out.
In a Dec. 11 update, GFFR said that it and CCSO investigated the fires and determined them to be accidental.
The cause of the fires were sparks generated by a trailer being pulled behind a pickup truck.
“With the extremely dry and windy conditions, GFFR and the CCSO want to remind all to make sure that any and all chains, straps or other, are properly secured so that they do not come loose and come in contact with the roadways. Please take the extra time to ensure that all items are properly secured before hitting the road,” according to GFFR.
GFFR also assisted Belt Fire on a mutual aid request for a wind driven grass fire on Dec. 11. The fire is contained and no structures threatened at this time, according to GFFR.
Cascade County is currently under Stage 1 fire restrictions, which the county implemented on Dec. 3 in reaction to the Gibson Flats fires, low precipitation and high winds.
The Gibson Flats fires on Dec. 1 destroyed 13 homes, 16 outbuildings and many vehicles and other property items, according to CCSO.
On Dec. 8, CCSO charged three people with arson and other crimes for intentionally starting the Gibson Flats fires.