New Lightning Started Fires

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Summary: Firefighters are responding to five new lightning-started fires and two additional smoke reports across the Missoula Ranger District this afternoon. Three of the new fires are located along the Highway 12 corridor near Marshall Creek 11 miles west of the town of Lolo. Firefighters and aircraft are also responding to a new fire two miles south of the town of Turah east of Missoula and one fire 3.5 miles west of Sheep Mountain near Johnson Creek. Resources are responding to all of these fires and all fires are currently less than one acre. All of these fires are likely lightning ignitions from last night’s weather disturbance.

The Allen Creek Fire is located two miles south of Turah and was reported to Missoula Interagency Dispatch early this afternoon and is approximately one-half acre. There are structures in the area but none are immediately threatened at this time.
Resources responding to this fire include: one helicopter, two SEATs for retardant drops, one engine and several initial attack firefighters from the Missoula Ranger District. Local law enforcement is also on scene to help with traffic control along the frontage road south of the Clark Fork River (accessed from Deer Creek Road). Fire managers are asking the public to avoid this area unless they are residents to allow for the safe operation of fire vehicle traffic.

West Fork Two Fire is located 2.5 miles southeast of Lolo Creek Campground on the south side of Highway 12. Firefighters have requested retardant to help slow the progress of this fire. A Type II helicopter is also on scene for bucket drops. The fire is one-half-acre.

The Freeze Out Fire 15 miles south of Slowey Campground on the Superior Ranger District remains at 15 acres and firefighters have begun mopping up this fire. Some resources are expected to be demobilized from the fire today. This fire started on August, 15.