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String of 27 fires on Crow reservation chalked up to arson

String of 27 fires on Crow reservation chalked up to arson

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BILLINGS — Firefighters extinguished more than two dozen small fires on the Crow Indian Reservation in southeast Montana that were believed to be started by an arsonist, officials said.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs said the first the fires was reported Wednesday evening north of Crow Agency. About 17 fires were ignited between Crow Agency and Hardin, and 10 more were ignited south of Crow Agency.

The blazes were stamped out before they grew large, officials said.

But Fire Management Officer Bob Jones says the alleged arsonist put property owners and firefighters in jeopardy and interrupted operations along a BNSF railway line.

Fire managers and Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement officers were seeking a vehicle thought to be linked to the fires, but no details on the vehicle or any suspects were provided.

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