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Grass fire

MALTA — A grass fire that ignited in record warm weather in northeastern Montana is out.

The fire started near Malta Thursday afternoon and spread across dry prairie grass and low shrubs. The Phillips County Sheriff's Office says volunteer firefighters from three area departments and farmers were able to stop the fire north of Malta by around 7 p.m.

It's not clear how big the fire was but the Great Falls Tribune reported that, about an hour before it was stopped, it had spread about nine miles to the east of where it started. Authorities haven't determined what sparked it.

Temperatures climbed into the 60s and low 70s in the region on Thanksgiving. The National Weather Service says many of the high temperatures were 10 degrees or more above the previous record.