Missoula Rural Fire District firefighters contained a small grass fire on Highway 10 West, Wye 93 Development, early Monday afternoon.

The half-acre fire in a grass and hayfield apparently started when a Vermeer rake being pulled by a tractor caused a spark, according to a release from the Missoula Rural Fire District.

Two Missoula Rural Fire engines and a water tender fought the blaze. District firefighters urge people to be extra cautious because of the continuing hot weather.

Likewise, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, along with the federal Bureau of Land Management, and the Forest Service, reminded those harvesting to take extra care while operating equipment, and to have fire-suppression tools close by, as well as a tractor with tillage equipment for emergency line construction.

Missoulian Staff