Posted: Jul 29, 2012 10:16 PM by KPAX News Staff
MISSOULA- This weekend's hot, windy and dry weather combined with a few thunderstorms is keeping firefighters busy throughout the entire state.
There were nine new, lightning-caused fires discovered in the Bitterroot National Forest this weekend alone, but fire officials say that so far, all nine have been kept to less than two acres each.
Eight firefighters are currently battling the 1.5 acre Mosquito Fire off of Darby Road near Mosquito Meadows, while seven firefighters and one engine are working on the quarter-acre Spring Gulch Fire. And a helicopter dropped off two firefighters to fight the tenth of an acre Razorback Fire.
Fire officials report there are six fires are burning near Martin and Moose Creek off of Sula Road with smoke jumpers and firefighters are on scene being assisted by two helicopters using buckets to drop water on the hot spots. Each of the fires are half an acre or less.
Officials tell us that hope to have some of the blazes contained by late Sunday night.