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The 300-acre Grannis fire, which started Friday night near Livingston and surged with Saturday’s winds, was expected to be under control by the end of the day Sunday.

According to the Park County Rural Fire District, on Friday at 9:41 p.m. a motorist reported 30-foot flames burning in the trees of the Grannis Fishing Access site along Highway 89.

Firefighters found an approximately 8-acre spreading slowly through deciduous trees, willows, and underbrush. The fire was thought to be under control overnight, but the wind kicked up around 2 p.m. Saturday with 40 mph gusts, causing new flare-ups which spread rapidly to 300 acres.

At the height of the blaze, 13 engines, four tenders, one state helicopter, and approximately 50 personnel were on scene.

Fire Capt. Drew Beattie said Sunday afternoon that the Grannis fire was contained and would be officially under control by the end of the day.

No injuries or damage to structures have been reported, and the cause of the blaze is under investigation. Anyone with any information about the cause should contact the Park County Sheriff’s Office 406-222-2050.

Beattie reminded the public to closely monitor all recreational and controlled burns this spring.

“It is drier than we would normally expect this time of year,” he said. “Early season wildfires aren’t uncommon, but they can serve as potential indicators of what we might expect this summer.”

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