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Firefighters battle two fires on windy day

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POLSON — Oct. 17 was a very windy day and that led to a busy day for Polson Rural and other area fire departments as they battled two separate fires west and northwest of Polson. 

Polson Rural Fire Chief Gordon Gieser said the Binger Fire was reported at 1 p.m. followed by the Irvine Flats Fire around 4:30 p.m. High winds hampered firefighting efforts, he said. 

The Binger Fire, located near Walking Horse and Loon lanes in the Big Arm area, burned 1,206 acres of ranchland until it was contained around 11:30 p.m. 

Seventy firefighting personnel were on scene. Though the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Gieser said that it was human caused. 

The Irvine Flats Fire, located off Irvine Flats Road south of the Seliš Ksanka Qĺispe Dam, burned 44 acres in a wheat field until it was contained around 7 p.m. The cause of this fire is also still under investigation though Gieser noted that power lines were possibly involved. 

Polson Rural Fire Department was assisted by the Chief Cliff, Polson, Finley Point and Ronan fire departments and the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Fire.

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