By Karl Puckett, Great Falls Tribune
Firefighters were forced to deploy fire shelters to avoid being engulfed by a rapidly moving fire front at a Montana wildfire Saturday, the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation said.
“It did burn over them,” said Kristin Sleeper, a spokesperson for the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.
The incident occurred on the Bridger Foothills Fire near Bozeman.
Extremely active fire behavior entrapped three DNRC firefighters.
In response to the approaching fire front and extreme heat, the firefighters deployed their fire shelters as the fire burned through their location.
“The fire shelter is the very last resort,” Sleeper said.
After the fire had passed, the firefighters were able to safely walk out of the fire area and were transported to Bozeman Health for further medical evaluation.
The firefighters were released and will soon return home to their families.
“We don’t have the specifics because of the medical privacy laws,” Sleeper said. “We do know they were cleared and released by the hospital so we’re not anticipating any longer-term injures.”
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