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20 New Lightning Caused Fires Across Lolo National Forest

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Firefighters have responded to approximately 24 reports of smoke and 20 new lightning caused fires over the last 24 hours across the Lolo National Forest.

The bulk of the lightning strikes occurred Sunday and Monday morning in the Plains-Thompson Falls and Superior areas. Superior district firefighters responded to nine new fires yesterday and two this morning. The Plains-Thompson Falls district responded to five fires in the past two days with the largest at two acres. Ninemile firefighters responded to two fires and an abandoned campfire.

All of these fires have been contained.

Missoula area firefighters responded to a new lightning caused fire today about 12 miles east of Stevensville. That fire is approximately one-quarter acre and showed no visible flame when detected from air.

Firefighters continue to mop up the Woodman Saddle Fire one mile east of the Blue Mountain Lookout and are patrolling the Gold Creek Fire 16 miles northeast of Missoula.

The Seeley Lake Ranger District responded to five reports of smoke yesterday and today. One fire was located near Nome Point, 12 miles east of Seeley Lake. A helicopter was assisting firefighters in their efforts to contain the fire this afternoon, which is one-tenth of an acre.

 

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