DARBY - High winds whipped a grass fire past several buildings east of Darby on Monday afternoon, but no one was injured.
"Those guys did a wonderful job," Darby resident Al Milton said of the volunteer firefighters who saved a barn and large warehouse from the flames. The fire scorched at least 10 acres near the intersection of Rye Creek Road and Thorning Loop, nearly reaching another house at the edge of the foothills before racing up the hillside toward the U.S. Forest Service boundary.
Crews from the Darby, Sula and Hamilton fire departments all responded to the blaze, along with a wildland firefighting rig from the Bitterroot National Forest. The fire was first reported about 4 p.m., according to Ravalli County 911 assistant director Eric Gustafson.
The cause of the fire was unknown Monday evening.