Firewatch

Sep 17, 2012 9:16 AM by Bernie Riggs - KPAX News

Fires kick up smoke in Lake County

PABLO- A trio of wildfires burning in remote areas of Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal lands became more active over the weekend.

CSKT Fire Prevention Officer Curtiss Matt said the Schley, White Horse Lake, and Mollman fires became flared up because of a nighttime thermal belt, dry atmosphere and wind activity.

The White Horse Lake Fire is in the south fork of the Jocko Drainage, and estimated at 230 acres.
The Schley Fire is burning in the Rattlesnake Range near Arlee and is estimated at 65 acres. Meanwhile, the Mollman Fire is east of Ronan in the Mission Mountains and estimated at 66 acres.

Matt said the fires were all caused by lightning and some have been burning for 10 days or longer.
All of the blazes are burning in remote, high elevation areas with little or no access, with Matt saying that all three are not staffed, but are being monitored by aircraft.

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