Aug 16, 2011 10:00 PM by Mark Holyoak (KPAX News)

New fire comes to life near Rock Creek

MISSOULA- It looks like another lightning-sparked fire has come to life in the high country. This one is located seven miles south of Interstate 90, on the east side of Rock Creek.

Boyd Hartwig of the Lolo National Forest says the West Gulch Fire covers about 2½ acres and is burning in grass in steep terrain on a ridge top.

A couple of retardant drops earlier on Tuesday kept it at bay and Hartwig says the fire is either yet to reach timber or it reached it, but isn't burning there.

A seven-person helicopter crew was expected to join the fight about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

Hartwig also said a couple of small fires are burning east of Lolo Pass. Crews already contained one of them at about a tenth of an acre. Eight firefighters will continue mopping up the other one, which covers a couple of acres.

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