Five firefighters injured responding to Montana wildland fire
MILES CITY, Mont. — Five firefighters have been injured while battling the Devils Creek Fire on July 22 in eastern Montana.
The five were constructing a fire line when a wind shift suddenly blew the fire back over their position.
They were evacuated and are currently undergoing medical evaluation. No information on their condition has been released at this time.
The firefighters were part of a federal crew called in to assist the Bureau of Land Management, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, along with Garfield County and local resources.
The Devil’s Creek Fire has burned about 375 acres of rough, steep terrain about 36 miles northwest of Jordan.
It was started by lightning and is burning in rough, steep terrain in Garland County.
Last night, five firefighters sustained burn injuries while responding to fire in Garfield County. Our firefighters are heroes. Please join me in praying for their full recovery and for the safety and protection of all those on the front lines.
— Governor Greg Gianforte (@GovGianforte) July 23, 2021