More arson suspected in weekend fires on Rocky Boy’s Reservation 8-07

Havre, Montana (AP) - More arson is suspected on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation after two weekend fires.

Emery Nault, fire management officer at Rocky Boy, said a fire started about 1:30 to 2 a.m. Sunday on the Duck Creek Road, west of the Rocky Boy Agency going toward Box Elder.

That fire burned 350 to 400 acres before it was controlled, Nault said.

It threatened four homes, but they were not damaged, he said.

Another fire started about 5 a.m. Sunday near the Stone Child College campus and the tribes’ water resources department, but was contained at less than one acre, he said.

“We caught that one because we had engines at the other fire,” Nault told the Havre Daily News.

Nault said there is no indication that Sunday’s fires could have started naturally, and he suspects arson. The fires will be investigated by the tribes’ fire investigation officer, he said.

Tribal officials are now investigating six suspected arson fires, including four that occurred July 31, and have offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

Information from: Havre Daily News,