Wild Fire in Columbus! [UPDATE]
The hot temperatures continue to keep things dry. A wild fire in Columbus started at 6 p.m. on July 25. The fire has been named the Skibstad Fire. By dusk the fire had spread to 600 to 800 acres near the Shane Creek area. Evacuation notices were given to Shane Creek residents. Horses were move to the Keyser Creek Arena at 390 Rapelje Road. The cause of the Skibstadfire has not been released as it burns off of highway 421 and Shane Creek Road. The early word on cause is that it was ignited by a “secondary structure”.
Five crews and 45 engines from around the area including Yellowstone County are fighting the blaze. The fire is also being fought with air support from the Billings Interagency Dispatch Center.
Numerous crews are beginning to control the Skibstad fire in Columbus. The fire began on July 25 at about 6 p.m. in a secondary structure.
The fire, as of Thursday night, has charred over 3,200 acres of land, but fire officials said Thursday evening that crews are beginning to get the fire under control.
“We’ve had crews working at it all day with air support. Right now, we do have a line all the way around the fire,” said Columbus Fire Rescue Chief Rich Cowger.
As of late July 26 the cause is not officially known but it is said it started from a piece of equipment.