Fire north of Skyline

The good news is that nobody was hurt, and property damage seems to have been limited to a barn and possibly an outbuilding.

The bad news is that there was a fire.

More good news: Great Falls Fire Rescue, Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department, and other emergency personnel did an amazing job, as always.

It was a bit scary in the first few minutes, coming nearly one year after last year’s huge (6,000 acre) “Vineyard Fire” that forced dozens of people to evacuate, but fortunately, this one was knocked down very quickly and didn’t spread.

Here’s an aerial view taken at about 8 p.m.

Here’s video from last year’s fire:

Another Downtown Fire

Breaking news: A fire reported at about 8 pm on Sunday night has caused the evacuation of the Quality Inn hotel in downtown Great Falls.

At least four fire trucks and numerous police vehicles are at the scene, located at the intersection of Central Avenue and 3rd Street. Downtown roads are blocked off for at least one block in all directions around the scene.

There is smoke coming from at least one of the buildings, but it is not yet known if it is coming from the hotel or from the Tap House Grill restaurant.

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