Lightning sparks new fires
Several fires flared in Montana on Monday afternoon, coming to life under a steady breeze two days after a severe thunderstorm rolled through the region.
Visible from Missoula, the Lolo Peak fire was burning in remote terrain near the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness at high elevation.
About 42,000 acres of fires have burned in Montana so far this summer.
Montana's largest fire is the Tongue River Complex.
The Tongue River Complex consists of two separate fires, Lee Creek and Witten. Both fires are burning in timber, grass, and brush in rough terrain. The Witten fire is approximately 18 miles south of Lame Deer, Montana and the Lee Creek fire is approximately 30 miles south of Ashland. A Northern Rockies Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire on July 10, 2017.
Lolo Peak Fire is approximately 20 acres and one mile west of Lolo Peak and is producing smoke this afternoon visible from Missoula. This fire is in remote terrain near the Wilderness and located in thick timber at high elevation. Fire managers are developing long term plans to manage and take action on this fire as needed. The fire is not threatening structures or property and there are currently no closures in place.
Montana's second largest fire, at just over 11,000 acres, is being mopped near Landusky and Zortman, near a defunct gold mine.
Wildland Firefighters were called to the July Fire located about 1 mile southwest of Zortman. near the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation around 4:30 p.m., July 3.
NORTHWEST MONTANA FIRE MAP JULY 17, 2017