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Aug252011

Lightning starts new fires in Lolo National Forest

(LOLO)- Lightning has sparked new fires burning across the Lolo National Forest, with crews working to keep them from spreading and causing more problems.

The fires were all sparked by small thunderstorms that moved out of Idaho across the Bitterroot Divide this afternoon.

Lolo National Forest says the largest fire is approximately four acres, burning near Granite Pass, about 3-miles from Lolo Pass. Fire crews have an engine on scene to protect a cabin near the fire, with air drops from a tanker.

A second fire, called the Granite Pass II fire is also burning about four acres with 20-firefighters and a helicopter attacking those flames. A third fire near Granite Pass was contained before it burned an entire acre.

Fire managers say efforts to attack the Granite Pass fire was helped by having extra resources in the area fighting the West Riverside fire east of Missoula.

Also on the Missoula District firefighters have responded to two fires located in the West Fork Butte area approximately five miles east of Lolo Hot Springs. Both fires are less than one-tenth of an acre. Fire managers expect containment of these fires with the resources that have been committed already, which includes Smokejumpers.

Firefighters today also responded to and contained three lightning caused fires on the Plains/Thompson Fall and Superior ranger districts.

 

 

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